UPDATE 21 September 2010: No further action required – both Mina and my Facebook accounts have been reinstated. Thanks for all your help on this!

Update: I just found out that Facebook has also disabled Mina Ahadi’s account – it is becoming quite clear what this is all about, isn’t it?

Here’s what I had written earlier. We are working on a letter to the heads of Facebook on this.


Facebook has disabled my account. When I went to log in today, I found I could no longer access it. Other than the below general note, I can’t seem to find anyway to email or speak to someone about this to reinstate it.

The reasons the general notes say it may be disabled are:

■Continued prohibited behavior after receiving a warning or multiple warnings from Facebook
(I have never received any warning – not even this time)

■Unsolicited contact with others for the purpose of harassment, advertising, promoting, dating, or other inappropriate conduct
(I only contact people in groups of which I am admin for.)

■Use of a fake name
(I am obviously using my real name)

■Impersonation of a person or entity, or other misrepresentation of identity
(Again not the case here with me)

■Posted content that violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (this includes any obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit photos, as well as any photos that depict graphic violence. We also remove content, photo or written, that threatens, intimidates, harasses, or brings unwanted attention or embarrassment to an individual or group of people)
(Err, I know I have been threatened on Facebook and they are all still around but it’s never been the other way around so not sure why my account has been disabled….)

They do also add in the general note:

‘If you have not posted violating content or otherwise violated our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, keep in mind that your account may have been recently compromised by someone else. Also, our systems sometimes disable accounts temporarily for security reasons.’

This is the most likely reason – so Facebook reinstate my account immediately please.

Interesting that this happens whilst we are organising for September protests though isn’t it?

BTW, if anyone knows how to get my account active again, can you please advise. I can’t find one email address or contact form to fill out.




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  2. Wow people like you and Mina Ahadi are so brave !
    You truly have my admiration and respect , which I do not give lightly.

  3. Hi Maryam,
    I have added you to my blog (a book blog) so as to keep in touch.

    This happened to me once with FB. This is not acceptable…troubling.

    Can you reapply under your name by reversing your first/last name:

    Namazie Maryam

    It should work.


  4. Maryam… I thought something was up. My facebook account was also disabled early Friday and after tediously rebuilding another a friend from my original told me you were also gone and then I immediately checked for Mina Ahadi to find she also was GONE! I emailed facebook and STILL have been given NO reason and was given NO WARNING! I was abidding by ALL FACEBOOK terms. I see another person has suggested another place to contact Facebook in this issue.


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