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How to Fix “The action attempted has been deemed abusive” on Facebook

Are you getting a “The action attempted has been deemed abusive or is otherwise disallowed” error on Facebook?

Here’s the first part of the error, “Something went wrong. Please try again”.

If so, you won’t be able to do certain actions like creating a new Facebook account.

The error message can also happen if you try to send a message on Messenger.

In this guide, you’ll learn what “The action attempted has been deemed abusive or is otherwise disallowed” means on Facebook and how to fix it.

What does it mean when Facebook says the action attempted has been deemed abusive?

The action attempted has been deemed abusive or is otherwise disallowed

When Facebook says that the action attempted has been deemed abusive, it means that you’ve been flagged as spam.

If so, your IP address will be temporarily blocked.

When that happens, you won’t be able to carry out certain actions on Facebook.

For example, you won’t be able to create a new account.

You might also be blocked from sending messages on Messenger.

In most cases, Facebook might have mistakenly flagged you as spam and blocked your IP address.

The IP address block can last for 24 hours or more.

Fortunately, there is a way to bypass the block—by switching your network or connecting to a VPN.

How to fix “The action attempted has been deemed abusive” on Facebook

To fix “The action attempted has been deemed abusive” on Facebook, you need to create a new Facebook account on the Facebook website.

Alternatively, you can switch your network or connect to a VPN.

Method 1: Create a new Facebook account on the Facebook website

  1. Go to www.facebook.com.
  2. Tap on “Create New Account”.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new account.

Creating a new Facebook account on Facebook.com will bypass the “The action attempted has been deemed abusive” error.

If you’re still experiencing the error, you can try the second method.

Method 2: Switch your network

  • If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, switch to mobile data.
  • If you’re using mobile data, switch to a Wi-Fi network.
  • You can also try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network.
  • If all else fails, try connecting to a VPN.

The error on Facebook means that your IP address is temporarily blocked.

Switching your network will bypass the block.

This is because your IP address will be changed.

If all else fails, you can try connecting to a VPN.

To do so, download a free VPN app on the App Store or Google Play Store and connect to a free VPN.

After you’ve switched your network or connected to a VPN, you need to force close the Facebook/Messenger app.

Lastly, re-open the Facebook/Messenger app and check if the error message is gone.

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