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How to Report on Facebook


Reporting Abusive Behavior on Facebook

What is it? Facebook’s “Facebook Community Standards” (located at addresses different areas which they hold their users to. There are subject areas of: Violence & Threats, Self-Harm, Bullying & Harassment, Hate Speech, Graphic Content and Identity & Privacy. By spelling out these standards it is easy to see what is interpreted as abusive behavior.


How to report inappropriate or abusive things on Facebook (ex: nudity, hate speech, threats): 

Facebook removes things that don't follow the Facebook Terms (ex: nudity, bullying, graphic violence, spam). If you come across something on Facebook that doesn't follow the Facebook Terms, use the report link near the post or photo to submit a report. The best way to report abusive content or spam on Facebook is by using the Report link that appears near the content itself.



Here are some examples of how you can report content to Facebook:



  1. Go to the Timeline you want to report
  2. Click in the top right
  3. Select “Report/Block” to report the account to Facebook



  1. Go to the event you want to report
  2. Click “Report” beneath the list of invited people on the left side of the event page



  1. Go to the group you want to report
  2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner
  3. Select “Report Group”



  1. Open the message you want to report
  2. Click Actions in the top right
  3. Click “Report Spam or Abuse”


Photos & Videos

  1. Click on the photo or video to expand it
  2. Click “Options” in the bottom right
  3. Select “Report” for photos or “Report Video” for videos


Posts (on your Timeline or others)

  1. Hover over the post you want to report and click in the top right
  2. Click “Report/Mark as Spam”


How to report a fake account that’s pretending to be you

  1. Go to the Timeline
  2. Click and then select Report
  3. Click Report this account
  4. Click “This person is pretending to be me or someone I know” and then complete the on-screen directions
  5. Click “Submit to Facebook for Review”



How to Report if You Don't Have an Account:


 If you don't have a Facebook account and you need to report abuse or harassment on Facebook, there is a form located on the Facebook website for you to fill out. To find the form go to the Facebook website ( and click on the “Help” link at the bottom. Click on the “Report Something” link, then the “Don’t have an account” link. That will lead you to links of “How do I report harassment or abuse on Facebook if I don't have an account?” and “How do I report a fake account that’s pretending to be me if I don't have a Facebook account?” Click on whichever link fits your situation and complete the form linked to report the harassment or abuse.

What now?  When something gets reported to Facebook, they review it and remove anything that doesn't follow the “Facebook Community Standards”. The “Facebook Community Standards” address subjects such as: Violence& threats, self-harm, bullying & harassment, hate speech, graphic content and identity&privacy. Facebook doesn’t include any information about the person who filed the report when they reach out to the person responsible. You may have the option to check the status of your report from the Support Dashboard, which only you can see. To get to the Support Dashboard, log into your account from a computer, click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose “Settings”, click “Support Dashboard” from the left column. From the Support Dashboard page you can see when action is taken on your report and the decision Facebook makes about the report.



The above information was disseminated from published material by the Facebook Staff (2014). 

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