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I’m still on Facebook double secret probation

Facebook isn’t letting me post links most of the time. It does let me post them some of the time. I don’t have time to deal with this right now so I’m just going to wait it out and hope Facebook takes me off its naughty list on its own.
I’m pretty sure I don’t have malware. I’ve scanned my Mac twice using two separate products, and it comes up clean. Nor do I see any other clear indications that I’m infected. There has been some weird behavior — including one incident that might indicate a possible failed attack — but I don’t THINK this machine has malware. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t.
I think that what’s going on here is that I’ve been trying some automated tools for posting to Facebook and Facebook has interpreted that behavior as a possible infection, like how your credit card company will flag your account if you take a sudden trip out of town and try to use your card there.

I’m on Facebook double secret probation!

I just got flagged for abuse by Facebook, in a message that doesn’t explain what my behavior was or how I need to change it.

I received an email from Facebook that says I’m “temporarily restricted from creating Open Graph actions” until 9:54 am tomorrow. Apparently I’ve been abusing the privilege. The notice doesn’t say how I’ve been abusive and what behavior I need to change.

I know Open Graph is how Facebook decides what images to use with a post, and that it probably does other things too. I’m no Open Graph expert.

Also, why send the notice to me on email – where I might mistake it for a phishing attempt – rather than as a Facebook message?

Actually, I can’t swear that it’s not a phishing attempt. I’m pretty sure it’s not, but who can be 100% sure.

Really poor communications, Facebook.

Update 10:46 am: I also received the notice as a Facebook notification. Still, the main part of my complaint stands: Facebook doesn’t explain what I did wrong and how I should correct this behavior.