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In Facebook Jail, many users are serving time for infractions they don’t understand.

Colton Oakley was restricted after ranting about student debt. The recent graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz posted that anyone who was mad about loan cancellation was “sad and selfish.” His sentence: three days without posting on Facebook.

Alex Gendler, a freelance writer in Brooklyn, N.Y., got a similar ban after sharing a link to a story in Smithsonian magazine about tribal New Guinea. Nick Barksdale, a history teacher in Oklahoma, served 30 days recently after jokingly telling a friend “man, you’re spewing crazy now!”

None of the three quite understand what they did wrong.

“If you use the term ‘crazy,’ does that automatically get you banned?” asked Mr. Barksdale.

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