Facebook has recently taken action against advertisers who have failed to adhere to their advertising policies when using the platform. As a result, there has been a spike in ad rejections as well as page restrictions, leaving many advertisers annoyed and uncertain of what to do next.
Facebook notifies you via email and also on the social media platform if your page is restricted for advertising. To learn more about the restrictions applied to your Facebook page or business manager account, you can go to Account quality and check the page’s status.
Having your Facebook page restricted usually disallows you from creating any ad. Questions like these will immediately pop into your head: What caused Facebook to restrict my advertising page? How long will it take for the Facebook page restrictions to be lifted? Can I expect to be able to run ads again at some point?
Many concerned advertisers post reactions such as the one below to know more about why their account was blocked or why the ad was restricted.
These are all valid concerns, and based on the Facebook support team’s reputation, it may take some time before you receive a response.
The struggles associated with Facebook Page Rejections and Restrictions
Advertisers have been posting regularly about their Facebook pages getting restricted and facing many ad rejections. A common reason behind their frustration is that they are not informed of exactly why Facebook restricted their advertising rights. Facebook usually replies with a brief and automated response that the advertiser does not comply with its advertising policies.
Another annoying thing noted by advertisers is that Facebook is also giving mixed reasons every other day for restricting Facebook pages with no certain information. Advertising access may be restricted depending on the nature and severity of the ad infringement.
Possible Reasons for Facebook Ad Rejections and Restrictions
Facebook’s ad review system uses automated reviews to assess advertisements for compliance with Facebook’s advertising regulations. The Facebook AI reviews ads and helps enhance the platform’s automated systems in some situations. Facebook’s AI also examines the final destination of a user’s click on an ad, such as a landing page, a lead ad form, or an instant form on Messenger.
Facebook’s success hinges on its users and marketers being able to connect in honest ways. Implementing Facebook’s advertising regulations, community standards, and other policies and terms is critical. Any attempt to avoid this regulation by dodging or tricking Facebook’s review systems is forbidden as it endangers genuine and valuable connections.
Ads that attempt to hide words or phrases by clouding them with Unicode characters; and restricting Facebook’s access to an ad’s location page are also some of the causes of page restrictions or rejections. Ads that attempt to create new advertising accounts after the current ones have been disabled for not adhering to Facebook’s policies are also considered to circumvent Facebook’s evaluation process and other regulatory systems. When Facebook detects such conduct, advertising access may be blocked.
Restrictions on ad placement may also be imposed when Facebook discovers fraudulent activity. This can include caps on ad expenditure, restrictions on access to specific advertising tools, or a complete restriction on advertising on Facebook’s products.
Facebook prohibits using fake accounts, artificially increasing the content’s popularity, and other behaviors deemed to be evading the evaluation process and other compliance systems because these actions undermine the platform’s goal of fostering trusting relationships between people and businesses.
What Can Be Done?
There are many approaches that can be adopted by advertisers while they are waiting for a response from Facebook for their ad restrictions. So without further ado, let’s look at some of these so that businesses can continue with their marketing efforts without any undue delays.
1. Check the Advertisements to Ensure Adherence to Facebook Advertising Policies
Advertisers should check whether their advertisements comply with the Advertising Policies of Facebook. It may be possible that changes were made to these policies shortly before you posted your ad, and it failed to fulfill one or more of the policy requirements. It is essential to stay updated on Facebook’s advertising policies before posting ads in the future.
2. Creating A Fresh New Page on Facebook
Another important step advertisers can take is to create a new advertisement page on Facebook. However, they must first unlink Instagram from their old restricted page. Once a new Facebook page is in place, connect your Instagram back to the new page and try to ‘warm up’ the Facebook page by posting regularly and running small-budgeted engagement campaigns. Once that is completed, you can start posting ads.
3. Keep other Advertising Options Open
As the old saying goes, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,’ advertisers should not rely solely on Facebook ads. This has become even more important, keeping in mind the recent Facebook ad issues faced by many advertisers. Advertisers must shift their ad spending away from Facebook and engage in paid marketing campaigns on Google, such as PPC. They can also market their products and services on LinkedIn, TikTok, and Snapchat.
As more advertising-page-restriction cases surface on Facebook, advertisers should not waste their valuable time if they are unsure when the restrictions on their Facebook pages will be lifted. The three tips discussed above can help keep your marketing campaigns running without disruption. Best of luck!