Take Action

If someone is harassing you online, or their posts are threatening or hurtful toward you, report them on social media. Reporting might not always be a guaranteed approach, but it is a good first step at dealing with harmful content online. When reported, they might have their post removed, or get their account suspended/deleted depending on the situation. Reporting won’t block the person from reaching you again, so make sure you block them too.

Report Accounts

First off, the person you report online will NOT be told who reported them. They may be warned that their profile has been reported or deactivated – however, the identity of the reporter isn’t revealed to them.

Sometimes, depending on the type of report you’re making, social media websites might ask you to fill out a form and answer a few personal questions. For example, if you are reporting someone pretending to be you on a fake account, they might ask you to send a scanned piece of identification to confirm your identity.

Facebook 1467841586_facebook

  1. Go to the profile you wish to report.
  2. In the bottom right of their cover photo, click the “…” icon and select Report.
  3. From there, just follow the on-screen instructions.

Instagram 1467841601_social-instagram-new-square2

  1. Tap the person’s username to open their profile.
  2. Tap the “…” icon that appears in the top right corner of the screen beside their name.
  3. In the drop-down menu, tap “Report”.
  4. Select the reason why you’re reporting this account and continue with the on-screen instructions.

Snapchat                                                                                    1467841575_snapchat

  1. Select the 1467841575_snapchat  Snapchat icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Select the 1467327174_cog gear icon.
  3. Scroll down to “More Information” and select Support.
  4. In the search bar type “Report”
  5. In the drop down list, select “Report a safety or Abuse issue.”
  6. Under “What can we help you with?”, select “I have a safety concern.”
  7. Choose the type of issue you want to report.


  1. Go to the profile of the user you wish to report.
  2. Select the 1467327174_cog gear icon.
  3. Select Report and then choose the type of issue you would want to report.
  4. You can provide Twitter with more information about the issue you are reporting by selecting “They’re being abusive or harmful”.
  5. Twitter will provide you with further recommendations once you’ve submitted your report.


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