The Derby musician faces losing hundreds of pounds after being banned from Facebook

A Derby musician fears for his business after he was banned from his social media account and unable to regain access. He explained how vital his Facebook page is to keeping his business going.

David Amar, 35, a musician from Littleover, says he had access to his account blocked by Facebook and was unable to access his profile, posts or pages. He fears this could mean his music teaching and performing business could lose business and money.

David explained: “It’s a bit of a ridiculous situation. I was actually not posting anything on Facebook, then I got a notification that my account was disabled because I posted malicious content or something. I haven’t posted anything.

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“Either I was hacked or they made a mistake. The problem is there is no possibility to rectify it, you can’t contact Facebook, you can’t call them, they don’t have a working email.

“They have a form to review it but it’s not working so there’s no way to get my account back at this time.”

David explained how he relies on Facebook and social media to communicate with potential clients and organize gigs. He fears that his contacts will be lost forever if he cannot recover his account.

He added: “I run business pages so it affects that as well so besides losing all your contacts it’s just a crazy situation. At the moment, I can’t deal with some people.

“I’m a musician and a lot of things I do are done by email or text, but a lot of things are done by messenger, so I was sorting out a couple of gigs, including a wedding, which I was organizing through that.

“I teach drum students and guitar students, and I created the Yamaha Music School account on Facebook, so I don’t know if I lose my account if this page will disappear too. I can log in the page , but it just says disabled.

“Every time I log out it says ‘are you sure you want to log out, you have 20 days to review that decision’. I can’t review that decision so we don’t know if the page is just going to be erased.

In addition to the issue affecting his business, Mr. Amar explained how frustrated he was with Facebook and unable to contact anyone to resolve the issue. He now hopes to warn others about the risk of deactivated accounts and hopes that other businesses will not be affected.

“You can’t come in and you can’t chat with people. You think Facebook is a big company, but you just can’t reach them. If people also link their Instagram accounts, they could also be deleted.

“As far as I know, I haven’t clicked anything, I’m quite careful. I don’t know if someone sent me something and it was suspicious, or if someone flagged me, I don’t have an explanation.

“It’s really frustrating because a lot of business is done through Facebook, especially in the music industry. When you’re making music and performing, you rely on it.

“I don’t want to feel guilty that the music school page is deleted.”

Derbyshire Live attempted to contact Facebook about the issue but received no response.