My Facebook account just got disabled instantly for sending this cat photo


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What was turning out to be a peaceful Saturday night dinner for me turned into a digital nightmare when Facebook suddenly disabled my account after I sent a photo of a cat on messenger to a friend after receiving it on WhatsApp. That sounds really ridiculous right? Cat photos are really 90% of the internet and why on earth was my Facebook account disabled for sending this over Messenger , not even posting it on my timeline.  I was actually chatting with some friends over Facebook Messenger and after I sent this image , I automatically started getting logged out of messenger. I opened the Facebook app and that said Session time out and asked me to login again. I felt something was wrong with my phone or internet, I decided to get online on my computer. Only then It began to strike me that Facebook has actually disabled my complete Facebook account – Messenger , Facebook, Ads and what else I don’t know – in a matter of seconds and I was being logged out of the service on all my devices.  I just realized that my Facebook profile with over 3000 friends and numerous photos and messages is no longer accessible.

Friends tell me my profile is no longer visible.

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Also all my past messages i exchanged with my friends are now gone in just a matter of few minutes.

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You must be wondering why all this happened right ? I did not post any objectionable content or share any such content on messenger. In fact most of my 3000+ friends are people I would know and mostly our readers here on FoneArena or folks from the industry I have known over the years. All it took for my account to get disabled was sharing this photo of the cat you see below in a private conversation on Messenger. I had received this photo over WhatsApp.  I have edited the photo to prevent others from facing the same situation.

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If you don’t want to get your Facebook account disabled, be sure not to share any image from any unknown source and especially this cat in a suit and tie !facebook-account-disabled

I’m not sure how this is even possible and as a regular Facebook user, I’m still coming to terms to the fact that I cannot access or post on my FB timeline. Did I commit any mistake ? Are cats in suits and ties not welcome on Facebook ? Did this image trigger some crazy user screening algorithm which decided that this cat in a suit is so lethal that they decided to disable the account which was in a excellent standing with over 3000 friends and 1000+ followers without any warning ?

I’m upset but more than that I’m puzzled. How the hell did this happen and what I have done to deserve this. All for a cat photo ?

UPDATE : Facebook Security Comms team responded and told me that it was a mistake and they had restored my account.

Thanks for the email! Our team found this was a mistake & have restored your account. We’re sorry for the trouble this caused you.
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Author: Varun Krish

Varun Krish is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast and has been blogging about mobile phones since 2005. His current phones include the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge , Apple iPhone 6S Plus & Nexus 5X. You can follow him on Twitter @varunkrish and on Google+ You can also mail Varun Krish