How to Report Revenge Porn on Social Media 2018-09-18T14:23:26+00:00

Revenge porn and non-consensual porn are not allowed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, and Yahoo. Those sites and sites like Google, Blogger, Xbox, OneDrive, and Bing will delete non-consensual pornographic images that are reported to them. Our Internet lawyers want you to understand how appropriately to report revenge porn on social media.

Facebook

The Social Network offers two options for those wanting to report pornographic images on the site, but one that applies to revenge porn.

  • Step One: When you hover over the photo, there will be a button that reads “Options” in the bottom right hand corner- click that.
  • Step Two: Click “Report Photo or Report Video”.
  • Step Three: Click “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook”
  • Step Four: Click “This humiliates me or someone I know”
    • Click “Submit to Facebook for Review”
    • You have the option to unfriend the person who posted the image
    • You can click “Get Help from someone you trust” and it will draft a message with the blurred version of the image to send to someone who can help

Revenge porn victims should contact the authorities and an invasion of privacy lawyer to help them remove the pornographic images, prevent further publication of the images, and obtain monetary damages.

Instagram

The photo-centric social media network has community guidelines that prohibit nudity and pornographic images. If you see a post that should be removed, here’s how to report it.

  • Step One: Tap the three dots above or below the post
  • Step Two: Tap “Report”
  • Step Three: Tap “It’s Inappropriate”
  • Step Four: Follow on-screen instructions

You can also do this for a profile on Instagram by tapping the three dots at the top right corner of the profile and follow the same steps. The report is shared anonymously but the photo may take some time to come off. If the image is revenge porn, make sure to contact a lawyer or the authorities.

Twitter

While images aren’t as common on Twitter, the site offers its users the option to report offending Tweets. Here’s how:

  • Step One: Go to the Tweet and click on the three dots “…”
  • Step Two: Click “Report”
  • Step Three: Click “It’s abusive or harmful”
  • Step Four: Click “Includes an unauthorized photo of me”
    • This option will allow you to give more information about the incident
  • Step Five: Follow the instructions in the email you will receive after submitting the report

If you want to report an entire account, follow the same instructions on the user’s profile instead of the specific tweet. Twitter also has options for reporting a direct message or conversation.

Reddit

Reddit offers options for account users as well as those who do not have accounts to report content.

For those who have a Reddit account:

  • Step One: Click on “Comments” under the post
  • Step Two: Click “report”
  • Step Three: List “Involuntary Pornography” as the report reason
  • Step Four: Click “Submit”
  • Step Five: The site will ask you to send the URL of the offending page to contact@reddit.com with the subject “Involuntary Pornography Report”

For those who don’t have a Reddit account, follow step one and then skip to step five.

Reddit offers the option to request removal from the image hosting site as well. If you click the title of the photograph it will send you to the hosting site and you can go to the contact page for page removals and ask them to remove the photo from the site.

Tumblr

Tumblr offers you the option to report offending content via the post if you are logged into an account or using their Privacy Violation Form.

For those who are logged in:

  • Step One: Click on the “…” to the left of the reblog icon
  • Step Two: Click “Flag this Post”
  • Step Three: Click “This violates Tumblr’s Community Guidelines”
  • Step Four: Click “Someone is at risk of harm”
  • Select Five: Click “Privacy Violation” and answer the questions that are prompted so Tumblr can act.

For those who are not logged in, you can go to Tumblr’s Privacy Violation Form and let them know that private images of you have been posted. They will ask you to prove your ID.

Social media sites have started to add pop-ups and algorithms that detect sexually explicit photos and notify users before they share it. These tools can be helpful, but social media users should be aware that once you share something online, it is tough to get it off. Always be cautious of sharing intimate photos and information online. Hutcherson Law’s invasion of privacy lawyers are here to help victims of revenge porn remove the online images and get justice. Call us today if you need assistance.

Sources:

https://www.cybercivilrights.org/online-removal/

https://mashable.com/2017/07/06/revenge-porn-what-to-do-happens-to-you/

http://carrie-goldberg.squarespace.com/report-revenge-porn-on-social-media

https://cyberbullying.org/revenge-porn-research-laws-help-victims

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/revenge-porn-facebook-social-media

https://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/for-you/victims/nomorenaming/reporting-removing-revenge-porn-facebook/