Facebook may block an account if it notices content or activity that goes against their Community Standards. Facebook may block the full account or only limit some of the abilities. For example, you could be blocked from posting to a Page or Group but still be allowed to post to your Timeline. This article covers information on Facebook blocks in regard to livestreaming and Switcher Studio's Facebook integration.
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"Temporarily Blocked" Error Message in Switcher Studio
If you received the message "You have been temporarily blocked from performing this action." when trying to livestream to Facebook using Switcher Studio, it means that Facebook has issued a temporary block on your Facebook account. Switcher Studio is unable to stream to any account that has been blocked by Facebook.
Reasons for a Temporary Block
According to their support page, Facebook may temporarily block users if:
Something the person posted or shared seems suspicious or abusive to Facebook's security systems.
The person's messages or friend requests were marked unwelcome.
The person did something that doesn't follow Facebook's Community Standards.
Note: Want to learn about livestreaming to Facebook and other platforms with Switcher Studio? Check out our Complete Switcher Studio Start Guide.
Duration of a Temporary Block
The length of a temporary block by Facebook depends on the severity of the violation and the user's history on Facebook. It has been observed that a temporary block may last as little as a few hours, but could also last up to 30 days. There is currently no way to view the duration of the block.
Checking for Facebook Account Violations
Facebook may share with you what type of violation occurred on your account. This information can be accessed using Facebook's website in a browser.
To check for account violations:
Go to Facebook.com in a web browser.
Click your profile icon in the bottom of the left sidebar.
Click Help & Support.
Click Support Inbox.
Click Your Violations.
Any logged violations will appear on this page.
Appealing a Temporary Block
If you have been blocked by Facebook, there is nothing Switcher Studio can do to bypass the restriction. For this reason, you will need to contact Facebook to dispute the block. However, Facebook's appeal process generally takes longer than a temporary block will last, so it is generally recommended to simply wait until the block ends to resume livestreaming to Facebook.
Streaming Platform Alternatives
As a reminder, there are alternative ways to engage with your audience beside using Facebook. Switcher Studio has in-app integrations with platforms such as YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitch, Microsoft Stream, and more. For additional information on linking your account from one of these streaming platforms to the Switcher Studio app, check out the Streaming Platform Integrations article in our Help Center.
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