How to report revenge porn to Facebook

In previous articles we talked about "revenge porn" and how to report it to Microsoft and Google - the companies making the two most used search engines on the web. But what if you are a victim of "revenge porn" and the images or videos that contain nude or sexually explicit materials with you are shared via Facebook? In the end, if people want to harm you, they can do an even “better" job using social media. Fortunately, Facebook has never been a friend of people posting such materials on their network. Here’s how to report "revenge porn" to Facebook:

What will Facebook do for you if you are a victim of "revenge porn"?

Whenever they receive a “revenge porn” report, Facebook promises to remove all the reported content. That means all nude or sexually explicit images and/or videos shared on Facebook without your consent will go away, regardless of how they appeared on this network: in a public post, in a group post on a Facebook page or even is someone created a false profile for the “revenge porn” victim.

Furthermore, Facebook also promises to contact law enforcement and send the necessary data about your specific case, when appropriate.

Facebook is very decisive when it comes to this kind of abuse, and they clearly state it in their Community Standards :

“We remove content that threatens or promotes sexual violence or exploitation. [...] we also remove photographs or videos depicting incidents of sexual violence and images shared in revenge or without permissions from the people in the images. Our definition of sexual exploitation includes solicitation of sexual material, any sexual content involving minors, threats to share intimate images, and offers of sexual services. Where appropriate, we refer this content to law enforcement.”

How to report “revenge porn” to Facebook

Facebook has one of the simplest and most straightforward ways of reporting such content. If you see a picture, a video or even just a written threat against you on Facebook, all you have to do to report the abusive content is to click or tap on a report link found near the content itself.

If you want to report a nude or sexually explicit photo or video of you that was shared without your consent, follow this simple steps:

  • Click or tap on the abusive image/video to expand it and then click/tap on the Options link from the bottom right of the photo/video.

  • Click or tap on the Report Photo or Report Video link.

Next, Facebook will launch a dialog with you in which you can tell them why you want the picture or video removed. From here on it’s up to you to answer Facebook’s questions about that specific content. After going through the entire report process, your request will be analyzed and, if found true, the content will be swiftly removed. From our experience, when reporting any kind of abuse on Facebook, it takes an hour or two for it to be analyzed and for you to get a response from the social network.

After your report has been reviewed by Facebook, and actions have been taken, you will get a response from the social network letting you know what happened with the “revenge porn” content.

And that’s pretty much it. We’d like to point out that, if you have the misfortune to be a victim of “revenge porn”, you can greatly minimize the harm done to you by reporting the nude or sexually explicit photos and/or videos not only to Facebook, but also to Microsoft and Google , which can also help you fight this vile privacy abuse.

Conclusion

Social networks are a great medium for spreading all kinds of content virally, both good and bad. Fortunately, Facebook has never been a friend of abuse of any kind and reporting inappropriate materials is easy. As you have seen in this guide, reporting inappropriate materials with you can be done in just a matter of seconds.