Another hoax has been spreading around Facebook recently. This time, it’s a supposed warning that when could ignored would end up with your account being sent to Facebook Jail. Here’s a picture of the hoax that is circulating.
Alternatively, you may also see the hoax as a viral message like this:
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ: Nice people are getting banned from facebook and it could happen to you, too – the reason is because when you get a friend request, if you click the “not now” button, you will automatically recieve a request from Facebook saying, “Do you know this person?” if you click no, that person will automatically be suspended from group chats, blocked from sending friend requests, and other nasty things for 7-30 days, and if it happens enough – permanently. So please.. if you get an unwanted friend request, just ignore it. If you accidentally click the “not now” button, then ignore the request from facebook asking if you know them – do not respond to it. Please pass this around so we can protect our friends (and ourselves!).
While largely untrue, there is a very small scrap of veracity hidden in those messages. Facebook does block some users from sending additional friend requests if prior multiple requests were rejected. That block only applies to sending friend requests and does not affect any other part of the Facebook experience. Furthermore, the restriction is temporary, not permanent.
Anyway, you’ll now know what to do when you receive these kinds of mail. Junk them.