Being Banned From Facebook

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 22, 2019 and last updated on May 8, 2023

The number of people being suspended or permanently banned by Facebook has increased in recent times as the platform looks to clamp down on offensive and hateful content.

As a private company, many people say they have the right to do want they want when it comes to their users, and should not be dictated to when it comes to their ability to ban users. Others argue that due to the size of the platform, they are able to influence people’s opinions in a way never seen before, and as such should not be allowed to pick and choose who has a voice and who doesn’t.



Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • platform (noun)
  • ban (verb)
  • suspend (verb)
  • content (noun)
  • hateful (adjective)
  • offensive (adjective)
  • camp down on (phrasal verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Should Facebook be allowed to ban people from using it?
  • Do you use Facebook?
  • How much influence do you think Facebook has over you?
  • Should Facebook be responsible for all content on the platform?
  • Why do you think Facebook chooses to ban some people? Do you agree with them?
  • Do you agree with people being suspended or banned for offensive content?
  • Should Facebook be allowed to ban people from using it?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.