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How to Report on Instagram


Reporting Abusive Behavior on Instagram

What is it? Instagram has community guidelines which users are expected to follow. There are rules included that include: not sharing photos or videos that aren’t yours, sharing photos or videos that show nudity, don’t be rude, and don’t promote or glorify self-harm. All of these rules give you grounds to report anyone that is breaking these rules.


How to Report It:

 If you're experiencing repeat or extensive abuse, if a hate account has been created using your likeness, or abuse persists after taking preventative measures, you can report the account to Instagram directly for review. Please provide all necessary information in your report; this will help your issue be resolved as quickly as possible. To report abuse directly: go to the Instagram help website (, click on the “Privacy and Safety Center” then click on the “Report Something” link, then click on the “Hate Accounts” link. There you will find a link to complete a report, so fill that out completely and submit it.


To report a photo or video:

  1. Tap (iPhone and Windows Phone) or (Android) below the post
  2. Tap “Report Inappropriate”
  3. Select why you’re reporting the post


To report a comment:

• iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap “Comment” below the photo
  2. Swipe your finger to the left over the comment you’d like to report
  3. Tap the exclamation point (!)
  4. Tap “Report Abuse”
  5. Select an option for why the comment is abusive


• Android

  1. Tap (Comment) below the photo
  2. Tap OR press and hold the comment you want to report
  3. Tap “Delete Comment and Report Abuse”


To report something inappropriate when using Instagram on the web

  1. To report someone’s account, click the username on their profile and then select “Report User” from the dropdown.
  2. To report a post, click under the post and then click “Report Inappropriate”.


How to Report Something on Instagram Without Having an Account:

  1. Go to the Instagram help website (
  2. Click on the “Privacy & Safety Center”
  3. Click on “Report Something”
  4. Click on “Abuse & Spam” 
  5. On the bottom of that page is a link called “Send us a report”, click on this and fill out the form completely and submit to send a report.


What now? After investigating your report Instagram will remove the person from Instagram if they are found in violation of the "Terms of Agreement."



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

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