Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to anonymously report abuse
Social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok have the power to create connections among billions of people. But there’s also a dark side rife with cyberbullying, hate speech or other abusive behavior that can have real-world consequences.
Young people who have been cyberbullied are twice as likely to commit self harm or attempt suicide, according to a 2018 study. One in three young people say they’ve been the target of cyberbullying, the study said.
Likewise, 73% of adults say they’ve witnessed online harassment and 40% reporting being the target themselves, according to the Pew Research Center, a situation that can cause groups can use these social platforms to organize ways to bring .
Facebook photos, posts and Messenger
You can report a photo or post, a group or a message in Facebook Messenger. You can also alert Facebook if someone threatens you.
Reporting a photo or post
- If you see an inappropriate photo or post that goes against Facebook’s Community Standards, click or tap on Give feedback on this post.
- Select from the list of options, like nudity, violence, harassment and more. Tap or click Send.
Reporting a group
- Select the group you want to report. Tap or click the More button.
- Select Give Feedback or Report Group.
- Choose from the list of options of what’s wrong with the group. Tap or click Send.
Reporting a message in Messenger app
- If someone is harassing you in secret conversation in Messenger, tap on their name at the top.
- Tap Block > Block on Messenger. You can also block them on Facebook from here.
- Go back and tap Something’s Wrong.
- Select from the list of options, like harassment, suicide or self-injury, hate speech and more. Tap Send Feedback. The Facebook Help Team will receive the messages once you send your report.
Twitter accounts and tweets
You can report a tweet or an entire account.
Reporting a tweet
- Tap or click the down-facing arrow icon on the Tweet.
- Click or tap Report Tweet, then select It’s abusive or harmful.
- Choose from the options of why it’s abusive or harmful. Some options include it’s disrespectful or offensive, targeted harassment and directs hate at a group.
Reporting someone’s account
- On the person’s profile, click or tap the three stacked dots icon.
- Tap or click Report and select Their Tweets are abusive or hateful or Their profile info and/or images include abusive or hateful content.
- Select the reasons why the user is being abusive or hateful. Some options are engaging in targeted harassment, threatening violence, encouraging suicide.
Instagram posts, profiles, comments and messages
Reporting a post, profile or story
Posts, profiles, stories, comments and messages are all potential areas for online abuse.
- On the post or profile, tap the three dots icon.
- Tap Report then tap It’s inappropriate and select a reason.
Reporting a comment
- Tap the message bubble icon.
- Swipe left over the inappropriate comment and tap the ! in the message bubble.
- A message will appear asking why you’re reporting the comment. Tap Abusive Content.
- Select a reason why it’s abusive. Some options are nudity, hate speech, violence and bullying.