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How to Report Violations

We remove 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.

Other tools for addressing abuse

It's possible that you might see something you don't like on Facebook that doesn't actually violate the Facebook Terms. If you come across something you'd rather not see, you can:

For information about what is and is not allowed on Facebook, please read the Facebook Community Standards.

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If you don't have a Facebook account and you need to report abuse or harassment on Facebook, please fill out this form.

If you're reporting nudity, please fill out this form.

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If you can't report something on Facebook because you don't have a Facebook account or you can't see whatever you're trying to report, please use a computer to fill out this form.

If you're reporting nudity, please fill out this form.

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Fake Timelines created to imitate real people (impostor accounts) are not allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretending to be you:

  1. Go to the Timeline
  2. Click and select Report
  3. Select Report this account and click Continue
  4. Select the option that says the account is pretending to be you and complete the on-screen instructions

If you don’t have a Facebook account, file a report.

If you've lost access to an account you created, learn how to secure your account.

If you see an abusive Page, report it.

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If someone created a Facebook profile pretending to be you and you don’t have a Facebook account, please file a report.

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Fake accounts created to imitate real people (impostor Timelines) are not allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretending to be one of your friends, please ask them to report it to us.

You can also send your friend a message that will let them know about the impostor Timeline. To send a message:

  1. Go to the impostor Timeline
  2. Click and select Report
  3. Select Report this Account and click Continue
  4. Select This person is pretending to be me or someone I know and click Continue
  5. Select Someone I know and click Continue
  6. Type a message to your friend and click Send

If your friend doesn't have a Facebook account, they'll need to fill out this form. Please keep in mind that we can only act on reports from the person who's being impersonated.

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If you think an account is pretending to be you but you can't see it:

  1. Ask one of your friends to report the account.
  2. You'll receive a message from your friend with a link. Click the link in the message to report the account.

Please keep in mind that we can only act on reports from the person who's being impersonated.

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To report a fake account:

  1. Go to the profile
  2. Click on the cover photo and select Report
  3. Follow the on-screen directions to file a report

We don't allow accounts that:

  • Pretend to be you or someone else
  • Use your photos
  • List a fake name
  • Don't represent a real person (fake accounts)

Learn how to report an abusive Page.

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  1. Click on the top right side of the profile you'd like to report
  2. Choose Report to report the account to Facebook

Learn more about reporting things to Facebook.

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You can report spam using the report links near most things on Facebook.

If you think the person posting the spam was hacked, tell them to visit the Security Section of the Help Center to get help. If your account is sending spam, reset your password.

If someone is repeatedly posting something you think is spam, consider unfriending, blocking, or reporting that person.

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If you see an objectionable ad and the web address in your browser window begins with http://apps.facebook.com/, this is most likely an advertisement running within an outside app and not through Facebook.

If you've confirmed that the ad is running within an outside app, you can report this to the developer by contacting the developer.

Facebook is committed to providing the best experience possible and we continue to investigate ads that violate our policies. If an objectionable advertisement is on Facebook, learn how to report it.

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To report an app or game:

  1. Scroll down the right side of the page
  2. Click Report/Contact this App at the bottom right of the page under your ads

To report an app or game from the App Center:

  1. Search for the app or game in the search box in the top right
  2. Click the app or game in the search results
  3. Click Report a Problem at the bottom

To report an app or game from its app Page:

  1. Go to the app or game Page
  2. Click and then select Report App
  3. Fill out the form and click Submit
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To report an abusive Page:

  1. Go to the Page you want to report
  2. Click on the Page's cover photo
  3. Select Report Page and follow the on-screen instructions

We'll review the Page and remove anything that doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards. We may also warn or disable the person responsible.

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Special Types of Reports

If your friend or family member is mentally or physically unable to maintain their Facebook account, we may be able to help you remove it.

  • For a child under 13: Since we require our members to be at least 13 years old, we'll delete the account of any child under the age of 13 that's reported to us through this form. Submit a request for a child under the age of 13.
  • For someone over 13: Please submit a request here. We'll review the information you provide and let you know what action we can take.

Note: We do not consider someone who is in prison to be incapacitated. If you are a member of law enforcement and would like to report someone on Facebook who is currently imprisoned, please submit a request.

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Memorializing the account:

We will memorialize the Facebook account of a deceased person when we receive a valid request. We try to prevent references to memorialized accounts from appearing on Facebook in ways that may be upsetting to the person's friends and family, and we also take measures to protect the privacy of the deceased person by securing the account.

Please keep in mind that we cannot provide login information for a memorialized account. It is always a violation of our policies to log into another person's account.

To report a profile to be memorialized, please contact us.

Removing the account:

Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from Facebook.

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Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). Creating an account with false info is a violation of our terms. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13.

If your underage child created an account on Facebook, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you'd like to report an account belonging to someone under 13, please fill out this form. Note that we'll promptly delete the account of any child under the age of 13 that's reported to us through this form.

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Convicted sex offenders are not allowed to use Facebook. If you've encountered an account that may belong to a convicted sex offender, please report the account to us.

Please make sure you provide one of the following with your report:

  • A link to a listing in a national sex offender registry
  • A link to an online news article
  • A link to a court document
  • Documentation verifying the report attached to the sex offender report form

If you aren't able to include this with your report, we recommend that you ask a local law enforcement representative to contact us so we can take action on your report.

Once we're able to verify someone's status as a sex offender, we immediately disable their account and remove all the information associated with it from Facebook.

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Posting, sharing or downloading images that sexually exploit children for any reason can be criminal. If you ever see this type of content on Facebook:

  1. Don't share it or comment on it
  2. Report it to Facebook using the report link near the image
  3. Notify the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children using the CyberTipline (www.cybertipline.com)

Important: Never download or save this content for any reason. You will not be asked to provide a copy of the image or video in any report.

If you think an image or video is spreading “virally,” please don't share it or comment on it — report it instead.

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People are not allowed to use Facebook to recruit, transport, provide, obtain or harbor people for the purpose of exploiting them.

If you've encountered anyone engaged in this behavior on Facebook, please contact law enforcement immediately.

Learn more about how you can help someone who may be the victim of human trafficking.

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If you encountered content or photos that indicate someone is in immediate physical danger related to human trafficking, please contact 911 or local law enforcement for help.

Facebook is working with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, operated by Polaris Project, to provide resources and assist victims of human trafficking. To learn more about the signs of human trafficking, visit http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org or contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 to learn about local resources and discuss options.

If you're a victim of human trafficking or would like resources to share with a potential victim, please review the following resources:

  • United States
  • Canada
    • Contact Canadian Crime Stoppers
    • 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
  • Latin America
  • United Kingdom
    • Blue Blindfold UK
    • 0800-555-111
  • Other Countries
    • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    • nhtrc@polarisproject.org (they can help direct you to the most appropriate resources in your area)
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Please ask law enforcement agents and legal professionals investigating a civil or criminal matter to review our Guidelines for Law Enforcement for information about how to contact us.
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What Happens with Reports

Don't worry, your report is anonymous. When something gets reported to Facebook, we'll review it and remove anything that doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards. We don't include any information about the person who filed the report when we reach out to the person responsible.

Please keep in mind that reporting something to Facebook doesn't guarantee that it will be removed. You may see something you don't like on Facebook that doesn't violate the Facebook Terms.

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If you've reported something for not following the Facebook Terms, you may have the option to check the status of your report from the Support Dashboard. Please keep in mind that only you can see your Support Dashboard.

From this page, you can:

  • Click on any report to learn more about our policies
  • See when we take action on your report and the decision we made

Learn more about your Support Dashboard.

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If we haven't reviewed your report yet, you may have the option to cancel it:

  1. Click at the top right of your homepage and select Settings
  2. In the left menu, click Support Dashboard
  3. Click on the report you want to cancel and select Cancel Report
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The Support Dashboard helps you track the status of the reports you make to Facebook (ex: sensitive content, fake profiles). From this page you'll be able to see when we take action on a report and what decision we've made.

To view the Support Dashboard:

  1. Log into your account from a computer
  2. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
  3. Click Support Dashboard from the left column

Click Learn More next to any report to get more details. If content you've reported was not removed, you may see the option to message, unfriend or block the person who posted the content.

You may also be able to cancel a report from the Support Dashboard if we haven't yet reviewed it.

Note: Only you can see your support dashboard.
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Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease is not allowed. We do, however, allow clear attempts at humor or satire that might otherwise be considered a possible threat or attack. This includes content that many people may find to be in bad taste (ex: jokes, stand-up comedy, popular song lyrics, etc.).

For information about our policies please review the Facebook Community Standards.

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No, these reports are anonymous. If you don't want to report the photo to Facebook, you can use the report link to send a message to your friend and ask them to remove it. This doesn't generate a report to Facebook.

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