Black History Month
What Happens When Facebook Disables Your Account, offers no resolution and fails to respond to the information you send to them to verify your identity.
I’ve lost valued connections, my advertising campaign is in limbo, and I’m questioning why I trusted them in the first place.
Go to the personal profile of Mikios NaturalBodyScrub. Account not found.
Sometime in the night between Thursday and Friday of last week, Facebook shut down my account. I was presented with the following message:
Verify your identity. I had to send in a copy of my drivers license. Now the message reads we will review the documentation and get back to you if further information is needed. Learn more about our policies and how to tell us if you think we made a mistake. Yet my account remains disabled, there is no way to access it and there is no way to call Facebook and speak to anyone. The use of their online resources to submit a statement is ” useless”.
I suspect that this is the result of retaliation after posting information regarding black Presidents before Barack Obama. (See last photo attached to this article, resources follow). Perhaps someone reported my account and considers this abuse. This is all it took for Facebook to question my account, shut it down and dismantle 8 years of contacts, social media online reputation, and online business networks. I sent in a drivers license ( to verify who i am) and never received a response from Facebook. I continue to check and the account is frozen.
A few notes about me, for background:
I’m an easy person to fact-check. I run Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC and have been on Facebook since 2011. My personal account ( disabled) was named Mikios NaturalBodyScrub and the business account was named Mikios Natural Body Scrub for over 8 years.
Now i am completely locked out of my account after 8 years of building contacts, making connections, and building up a positive reputation.
Could Facebook not know who I am?
No. They know my age. They know my residential history. They know my phone number, which I have had for over 10 years. They know my birthdate, school, and friends list. They’ve been tracking IP addresses for quite awhile and use that to determine my approximate location (no, you do not have to enable app-based location reporting for this; your computer’s IP address is enough to get an approximate location — for example, the IP of our cable modem reports as a village a few minutes away from us.) Because I am an advertiser, they know pertinent information to verify who i am. Furthermore if the new policy is to change the personal account to your actual name this should not cause you to be shutdown, you should simply submit a license as i have done and change the name to your actual name while continuing to administer your business account.
At this point, my only hope is in getting Facebook’s attention by sharing my story. I hate doing this but Facebook is unresponse and offers no other information other than they are reviewing my information. So, if you’ve read this far, I have a few requests:
- Seriously question using Facebook for advertising campaigns or pages, unless you have a backup account with the authority to access the campaigns/pages. The fact that a personal account can so easily be shut down is the Achilles heel of their platform. This is a huge weakness that they need to fix if they want their advertising platform to be taken seriously.
- Do not trust them. Get backup contact information for your friends. Save photos and anything important on your computer. Anyone with an ax to grind can report your profile, and some moron deep in the belly of the Facebook beast flips a switch to kill your account. If you value it at all, either do not entrust it to Facebook or at minimum retain copies on your local computer.
- Share my story. I know, this is selfish of me. But I have basically no hope of getting my account back without spreading this story. I know you’re constantly asked to share sob stories on social media, and as sob stories go this isn’t even the best one. But if this ridiculousness could happen to someone as easy to identify as me, it sure as hell could happen to you and your friends. I’d really appreciate it if you could boost my message a bit.
Thanks, and good luck,
T. Bohler, owner of Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC http://www.mikionaturalbodyscrub.com
Resources: (Regarding Black Presidents Before Barack Obama)
-Book: Amazon Six Black Presidents: Black Blood –https://www.amazon.com/Six-Black-Presidents-Blood-White/dp/1880187000
-Video on Black USA Presidents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8d4BOfTn28
-Book: Five Negro Presidents (1965) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0960229485/?tag=mh0b20&hvadid=3520707019&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4mdzfg0msc_e