How to block, ban or remove a Facebook user from a fan page

Posted on Apr 13 2013 - 4:42pm by JayB

Facebook Fan PageIf you have landed on this page searching for tips on how to remove a user from a Facebook fan page, you have come to the right place.

If you are wondering, why do we need a guide on this? This sounds as simple as clicking on the little ‘X’ next to the user from the likes screen and you’re done, then you’re definitely wrong.

If your Facebook fan page has a couple of hundreds of fans, then the typical method of removing a Facebook user might work. You might be able to scroll through the list of likes and remove the user. If a Facebook user has posted on your wall, then also its easy to remove/block or ban the user. But if your fan page has thousands of likes and the user you want to block/remove/ban has never posted on your page, then you’ll be surprised how difficult it can be.

If you start browsing the list of likes of your Facebook page, you will find it only displays till a certain limit, maybe it will display a few hundreds of likes.

So here is a guide how you can remove a Facebook user from a Facebook fan page…which has been explained with 2 popular browsers – Firefox and Chrome

Difficulty Level – Intermediate
Time – Approx 5 minutes

First some basic tips and information that we will require.

Find the Facebook numeric user ID of the desired user. Since most user pages now display the user’s name instead of the ID, we will need to find the numeric ID.

Step 1(a) – This is a simple step and you can go to a website similar to http://findmyfacebookid.com to find the ID. Paste the profile url of the user and it will show you the numeric ID. The Facebook profile url will be something like www.facebook.com/username…

Next go your Facebook fan page and from the admin panel, under New Likes section, you will see a link for See All. If you click it, a popup window will open and you can browse through all the likes. A much faster way is to right click on the See All link, and click Open in a new tab/window. Now you can browse through the fans list much faster.

Or you can simply copy paste this url and replace the Page ID after the ‘=’ sign

http://www.facebook.com/browse/page_fans/?page_id=307829689317134

Update: Facebook has changed the fans page screen now, below are instructions on removing a user in the new page.

Using Chrome Browser

On the Facebook Likes page, select a random user. Remember this user as making changes to a different user may delete him unwillingly.

Click on the gear icon next to the user, right click on the remove option in the drop down menu and select ‘Inspect Element‘. A window should open below the page as shown in the screenshot.

Remove User from Facebook Fan page

In the developer window below, you will find codes as shown in the screenshot.

Remove User from Facebook Fan page

Search for the code

a class="_54nc" tabindex="0" role="menuitem" href="/ajax/pages/fanlist/mutator.php?page_id=30782968931xxxx&user_id=1000075818xxxxx&act=remove" rel="async-post">Remove

The numeric value in the ‘user_id’ field is what we are looking for. Currently this will be the user ID of the random user we have selected. Now double click on the id field and it will become editable. Copy the numeric ID of the user we want to remove, which we found out from the Step 1 (a) and replace the value here (between id= and &amp)

Do not close the developer window, and click on the gear icon on the same user again and click remove, and a window should popup asking do we want to remove the user. Important – If we have done everything right, the popup window will display the name of the user we want to remove. If it does not display the desired name, then please go back to the previous instructions.

Using Firefox Browser – Old Instructions

On the Facebook Likes page, select a random user. Remember this user as making changes to a different user may delete him unwillingly.

Right click on the X button next the user and select ‘Inspect Element‘. A window should open below the page as shown in the screenshot.

Remove Facebook User from Fan Page

Select Random User

Remove Facebook User from Fan Page

Click Inspect Element

If the window does not open, from the menu go to Tool>Web Developer>select ‘Inspect

Remove Facebook User from Fan Page

Inspect Window and User ID code

In the developer window below, you will find codes as shown in the screenshot. Search for the code

<'input type="hidden" autocomplete="off" name="user_id" value="1000xxxxxxxxxxx" /'>

Remove Facebook User from Fan Page

Inspect Window and User ID code

The numeric ID in the value field is what we are looking for. Currently this will be the user ID of the random user we have selected. Now double click on the value field and it will become editable. Copy the numeric ID of the user we want to remove, which we found out from the Step 1 (a) and replace the value here.

Do not close the developer window, and click on X on the same user again, and a window should popup asking do we want to remove the user. Important – If we have done everything right, the popup window will display the name of the user we want to remove. If it does not display the desired name, then please go back to the previous instructions.

Remove Facebook User from Fan Page

Remove user

Now we can remove or permanently ban the user from the page.

Using Google Chrome Browser

Working with Google Chrome involves the same steps and instructions. The Inspect Element window and user ID field are similar. A screenshot of Google Chrome with Inspect window is below.

Remove Facebook User from Fan Page

Google Chrome window

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12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation

  1. Jeff September 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Facebook updated this a couple of times since. The newer methods were similar and worked as of a few months ago. However even with the newer (other pages) methods … Facebook now blocks this hack. If you edit the element, even with the newer elements being updated, you ban the original user and not the one you want.

    In other words, don’t do this. Facebook even sends a big fat warning to the Chrome dev console now.

    Sad but true, as we really SHOULD be able to proactively block people who are trouble makers rather than having to have them like a page. Some public pages still have information that specific people don’t need (and yes, they could browse from a different account, but many don’t think that far ahead).

  2. Anu Khanchandani July 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I banned a user using this technique by mistake. Can I unban him now?

  3. JayB
    JayB March 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    The instructions have been updated for the new Facebook Likes page screen :)

  4. John March 9, 2014 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Is there an updated tutorial of this as it appears the source code has changed.

    Thanks.

  5. Melo January 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    This is just BRILLIANT!
    Thank YOU!

  6. Pandu Wirawan December 19, 2013 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Dear Jay B

    Is there a way that is faster to mass delete fans that are below 27 years old?

    Thank you
    Pandu

    • JayB
      JayB January 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I do not think there is any easy way to mass delete users below specific age from a Facebook page

  7. Alan December 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    This is very hard in doing I found a link it explains well on how to delete or ban users on Facebook fan page @ http://www.techaccent.com/2013/12/how-to-delete-or-ban-users-from.html

    • JayB
      JayB January 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      The guide in the link will only work if the user is already banned.

  8. mi November 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I dont understand! The user I want to remove does NOT show up in that list of fans!? But if I go directly to his profile, he difinitely has my page ”liked”.
    I do not have a ”new likes” section on my admin page but I can access the list through the search field.
    Only problem is that FB is not showing ALL of my fans. What do I do? Please help! Thank you

  9. Fernando August 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I am unable to do this step, I cannot replace only the value, I can only delete the whole line, or do nothing. What should I do?

    Now double click on the value field and it will become editable. Copy the numeric ID of the user we want to remove, which we found out from the Step 1 (a) and replace the value here….

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