You Have Been Blocked On Facebook: Why and What Should You Do
Newsflash! You have stopped seeing your best friend’s or ex-friend’s uploads or remarks that draw blood and humor on Facebook. You have flooded their timelines with messages, and still no replies.
Yet, somehow, you manage to spot them somewhere on Facebook.
Maybe it’s the ISP (Internet Service Provider). Must be some issues with them.
No, that’s just lame. How can it be them? When you can see other people’s timelines.
Maybe you should wait out a few days; perhaps the glitch will get a quick fixed soon.
Day 1…2…3…4…, nothing. You scoff. Then scratch your head a little and just let the whole thing evaporate.
Something comes up later, and your fingers are itching to tell them. It is personal, so you decide to slide a message into their inbox.
OMG! Their Facebook ID vanished. Did your account get hacked over the night? You only talked about two weeks back before their pictures just disappeared into thin air, and now, it’s their Facebook ID.
My friend has just been BLOCKED!
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All thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and his team of tireless software engineers grinding out new ideas to make Facebook a little bit better.
Your friend, in fact, everyone, maybe EXCEPT you(just kidding), has a block button.
As ironic as this may sound, anyone can walk into your Facebook profile wall without an invitation, especially if your Facebook wall is an open playground, far from a China wall.
On another hand, nobody loves trespass. It is freaking annoying and leaves you strung out.
Tech guys at Menlo Park, California, were quick to sniff this out, and they quickly invented the block button. Yes! “Ta-da!” Problem solved.
With one use of the “block wand,” everyone is an official wizard with the license to banish trespassers and annoyers off their Facebook profile space. Even best friends do it too.
That particularly stings(ouch!) because they never give the green light that they’d block you soon after your bitter quarrel that left them crashing with tear-soaked eyes.
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Why Have You Been Blocked On Facebook?
There are 101 reasons and still counting why people hit “BLOCK” on Facebook.
Strains in relationships are usually one of the major reasons why friends block friends on Facebook.
A small rift between you and your friend or ex-spouse over a particular issue could lead them to kick you out of their entire Facebook profile.
Other times, it could be a betrayal. They may have trusted you with personal details about their lives, only to find out later that everyone’s mouthing about it.
And guess what? You are their first suspect even when you know nothing about it. Eventually, the scapegoat you by blocking you on Facebook.
Also, your friend can block you if your views on some sensitive issues begin to irritate them, especially when you are blowing it all up on their timeline.
What Happens When You Get Blocked On Facebook By Your Friend?
New rules are rolled out immediately you get blocked by a friend or someone you consider close to your heart.
When a friend, or ex-spouse, or a business partner decides to go macho on you by blocking you on Facebook after some soft brawls or a kerfuffle, the odds of hearing from them again is almost a zero.
- You can no longer see things they post on their timeline and on your timeline. Everything about them is completely wiped off
- No more tagging. Yup! You saw right. You can never tag them to your crisp and clean photos on Facebook.
- If you are growing a fan group on Facebook, don’t bother sending them an invite. Why? Because you can’t.
In fact, it isn’t just inviting to a group, but events too. The “BLOCK” feature on Facebook will not allow you to send them invites for an event you are attending or one you created.
- Working your way around it by re-sending a friend request won’t repair the damage either. It’s easier to start over from the beginning when you send a friend request. But you can’t. The restraint on shutting out friends on Facebook includes not being able to send them a friend request. Pitiful.
- Sometimes asking them what happened is your only wild card. You muster the courage, suck in as much air as possible, and start a conversation with them. Unfortunately, as hopeful as you are in remedying the situation through a soft intro, you won’t be allowed to either.
Will they see it? At some point, yes. But, they won’t be able to reply either because they blocked you.
People don’t get notified when they are blocked, which makes it easy for them to whisk off like a tsunami.
However, Facebook has an option for that where they can send you a warning message informing you that you are invading their privacy.
Do You Get Notified When Blocked By Facebook?
Of all the titbits pouring into the behemoth social media platform, the only one you could never get notified about is when you get blocked.
Yes, I get it. You want to shove up the app up their arses in California.
Unfortunately, that’s the way the techies at Facebook have designed the block feature. It is meant to be a disappearing act.
Blocking is likewise mutual.
When your friends want you vanished from their Facebook timelines completely, it goes both ways.
How? It might seem completely destroyed, but when you get blocked by a friend, you can never see any of their Facebook activities on your timeline, and on their end, they can’t see yours.
If you try using the search tab hanging on top of your Facebook page, you won’t get any luck either. The block prevents you from searching for them too, because you won’t find them.
However, if their name pops up right under your search bar, it could be that they unlisted yours from their friend’s list. In this case, they unfriended you.
How To Know If Someone Blocked You On Facebook?
When you are completely locked out of a friend’s timeline or someone extraordinary, it can be nerve-wracking and heartbreaking.
Perhaps why your emotions break the leash is because you still care about them, and you have no idea why you stopped seeing things posted by them.
Outside, a friend’s facebook timeline bubble can cook up thoughts that you have been blocked.
But, how can you be sure the gut-feeling that’s stirring inside of you is right.
Below are simple ways you can tell if your friend has blocked you on Facebook:
This part is easy- Just tap you’re the search button at the top right-hand corner of your Facebook page. Enter their name.
Usually, when you do this, Facebook automatically comes up with several name suggestions. If their name does not appear, hit search.
When your search comes back empty, it could be that they have deleted their page or raised their privacy setting a little higher, or maybe they’ve blocked you.
An even better way to verify the first step above is to look for a friend both of you share–a mutual friend.
Go to that mutual friend timeline and search their lists of a friend for your friend’s name.
If you find their name, then you can check if they removed you from their friend’s list. However, if you don’t, it can only mean one thing–you have been blocked.
Are you still having a hunch over the first two steps?
This last step is your guaranteed snooper to check if you have been blocked.
It is the best way to check if you have been blocked by a friend or spouse or business partner; Go straight to your timeline.
Dig up previous chats between you and the friend or spouse or ex-girlfriend that’s kicked you out of their timeline.
If the words “Facebook User” appear on your smartphone or PC, depending on what you are using to search them, then they have axed themselves from the account by ridding it.
However, if you see a bold print, it means they finally hit the nail on the coffin and blocked you. Unless like Sherlock Holmes, you are still keen on uncovering more old chats between you two.
Then, go ahead and dig up a few more. Check posts from them on pages both of you share. You should still be able to see them.
But, you can’t click on their profile, and on top of that, the place where their profile picture should be sitting should have been occupied with a question mark.
What Can People Still See Even After They Are Blocked on Facebook?
Are you already fretting like a mouse and thinking once you have been blocked on Facebook by your friend, then the apocalypse will happen?
That you won’t get to see them on other social media platforms or outside Facebook?
If this is the case, the answer below might help you relax your head a little.
The anonymity behind blocking on Facebook is to protect the person that ordered the block. But will you still be able to see what they post online?
Uh, the answer is NO.
You won’t be able to see what they post on Facebook or like or comment on whatever they do on Facebook.
However, that doesn’t mean they have completely driven you out of their social media space.
Because they erected a virtual wall using the block feature on Facebook between you and them, it doesn’t mean when you search up their names using a search engine, and you will get zero results on your search.
For example, if you use a search engine like Google to look up their name, you will find it pretty quick.
However, if it is a link to their Facebook profile, once you click on that, you will get an error message staring back at you.
So, this is how it works: when blocked by a friend on Facebook, you can still see what they do, only outside Facebook’s platform.
If you are friends on other social hangouts like Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, there won’t be any restrictions.
You can chat, follow, like, comment, and privately message them on these other platforms.
According to Facebook, when you have been blocked by a friend, girlfriend, spouse, business partner, as a matter of fact, anyone, the social media giant cannot stop you from interacting with them outside its platform.
You still get to share things, even in gaming apps. Unless this person blocks you on all social platforms that both of you share together, only then will you be left excommunicate.
When Someone Blocks You On Facebook, How Long Does It Last?
Your spouse or girlfriend has blocked you on Facebook and kicked you out of their group. Because of this, you scour the internet to be sure. You land in here and finally realized they really did.
Keened on getting them back, and knowing that messaging them privately, or just liking their comments is impossible, you are left wondering: “how long can this block last?”
Truthfully, there is absolutely no length of time that can quantify the imposed exile your best friend or pal have given you.
It can last for many years. And when I mean many, I’m not pinning a number to it.
So what do then?
Wait for a miracle.
Your block will only be lifted when the person has a change of heart and still remembers. When this happens, it can mean they are ready to open the door for you back into their lives.
If the blocker intends to leave you out in the dark, on the other side of the line far away from their lives for say three weeks, then that’s how long you will be kept out.
However, if they want you vanished from their life completely, then you will have to let go of any hopes to reconcile with them on the platform unless this is settled physically.
When a friend throws you a Facebook block, it lasts until they are ready to lift it.
What Should I Do If My Friend Blocked Me On Facebook?
A friend may hit the blue rectangular box that says “block” on Facebook for many reasons.
It is not easy to single out which of the reasons led them to make the assault, which is why when it happens, you are left distressingly shocked.
What can you do then?
Reach Them On Other Social Media Platforms
Since you have read earlier that you can’t send them a message or even comment on their posts on Facebook, you may want to try another social media platform that both of you share.
If they have blocked you on Facebook, you may have to try a social media platform you both share like WhatsApp or Twitter. Slide them a message.
When you do, it is easy to start with, “Hey, why did you block me on Facebook?”
But you might come off as too strong. For someone searching desperately for answers, you should be gentle with issues like this.
Start with a simple greeting, then wait for them to reply. Don’t flood their inbox with many messages at a time. That will only fan their anger.
If they reply to you, then politely asked why they have blocked you, stating that you noticed it.
Sometimes, it could be that they never intended to, and the block was meant for someone else. You cannot be too sure.
But, if they own up to it that they did, then you can go ahead and ask why, politely.
After gathering reasons why they did, and you realized you had hurt them, you may want to apologize if you want your relationship with them restored.
Should they ask to be given more time to think about it, give it to them. Let them know you are sorry and care a lot about them.
Talk To Them Personally
Sometimes your spouse can take the longer road of cut you off all the social media platforms the two of you share.
When this happens, the only road to reconciliation is to do it verbally.
You can do this in two ways: through a phone call or in person.
Put a call through to them and explain everything that’s happened. If they reveal to you reasons why they blocked you, tender an apology and let them know you are really sorry and keen on being their friends again.
If their mobile/home phone has stopped dialing, it could be they have blocked your number also.
Should this happen, go and meet them in person. Make sure you are polite if you want to get them talking to you.
If that doesn’t work out, get people to talk to them.
Make New Friends
If talking to them doesn’t resolve things, or they explain to you that they are hurt and want nothing to do with you, that’s okay.
Just be sure to apologize for what you did. It is the least you can do for them.
I know it feels gutted to lose a friend, but what is more gutted is when you go on sulking about it and feeling bad about yourself. DON’T!
The damage’s been done. You have apologized. You can only help yourself by letting the facts sink in: that is, you have just lost your friend, and there’s no way you can have them back.
Next, you need to move on. Make new friends. This time around, try avoiding getting trapped in the same situation you got yourself into the last time around with your new friends.
Is It Rude To Block Someone On Facebook or other Social Media?
Can blocking someone on social media come off as being rude?
Well, Yes, Sometimes.
It is only natural for this to pop up when you are about to ghost out completely on someone and sent them to goodbye-forever-land.
Will this be you playing rude?
Blocking someone on a social media platform, for example, Facebook, stands for a lot of reasons.
Perhaps the most glaring of all could be how their opinions suddenly claw and scratch and stain your personality.
We are more likely to keep our distance from friends, work colleagues, or even classmates that don’t think like us or share similarities in real life. Likewise, they also.
However, that can happen if you have only shared a few conversations between yourselves.
In that case, what if you had been friends before and there’s been a fallout?
Handling something like this can be difficult. It could put a strain on your sanity.
While complaining at them and spitting out propane-filled digs at them may be a way to tamp down your glowing temper, ignoring them ultimately might just be the best way out.
If seeing their pictures and comments on your Facebook profile wall or any other social media platform makes your skin crawl, then it’s best to avoid them altogether.
You may not be able to avoid seeing them if you work in the same office, or attend the same college; still, you can’t give them a chokeslam.
But, on social media, you have the veto power to kick them out of your space–make them vanish forever and stop bothering you with their posts and comments.
And that, in my opinion, doesn’t make you come off as being rude. If it helps to keep your sanity together–which is more important for your health–then blocking them is very healthy until you can muscle up enough to confront them about it. This might be the most polite thing you can do.
Blocking on Facebook is really trending, hurts, and still will.
The best way to avoid being shut out or blocked by your friend, spouse, work buddy, girlfriend/boyfriend, or anyone at all on Facebook, is to suss them out. Understand who they are deep down, and their values are.
Ask them about it if you are unsure. This way, you won’t cross the borderline between friendship and exile.