Facebook Admins Can Now Unban Commenters

Page administrators can now call up a list of commenters they've banned, and then opt to unban them.

Page administrators can now call up a list of commenters they’ve banned, and then opt to unban them.

The ability for admins to ban a commenter is akin to allowing a user to block individuals from seeing the user’s profile — and the site has already allowed users to unblock profiles, so extending this to pages makes them more consistent with profiles. Banning enables administators to block repeat posters of spam or abusive content. Presumably, unbanning someone might be something one might do after an offender promises to behave.

We can’t pinpoint exactly when Facebook slipped this option into the pull-down menu showing those who like a particular page, as we haven’t seen any formal announcements about the ability to undo a ban.

This feature can be found by using Facebook in administrator mode and clicking on the friend request icon (even if it doesn’t show any pending notifications) on the right-hand side of the blue bar at the top of the screen. That pops open a window showing the people, pages and other administrators who like your page.

Then, clicking on the tab in the upper right-hand corner pulls down a menu of four options — people, pages, admins and banned. Click on the latter and you get a window that includes thumbnail images of blocked parties, along with their names. Directly to the right of them is a box labeled “unban.” If you’ve only banned one party, like we have, the unban box includes a lot of white space — note that we’ve cropped most of that out in the screnshot below.

Meanwhile, readers, what do you think of having the option to unban someone — and have you banned or blocked anyone in the first place?

Many thanks to Eti Suruzon for the tip.

Publish date: April 13, 2011 https://dev.adweek.com/digital/facebook-admins-can-now-unban-commenters/ © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT