Tools for Addressing Abuse
Don't have a Facebook account?
Learn more about how you can report potential abuse on Facebook.
5 Things You Can Do
- Send a message to the person responsible for posting
- Unfriend the person to remove them from your friend list
- Block the person from contacting you
- Report the person if their behavior is abusive
- Use privacy settings
Visit our Family Safety Center for more safety information, tools, and resources.
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:
- Send a message to the person responsible for posting whatever is bothering you and ask them to take it down
For information about what is and is not allowed on Facebook, please read the Facebook Community Standards.
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.
Fake Timelines created to imitate real people (impostor accounts) are not allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretending to be you:
- Go to the Timeline
- Click and select Report
- Select Report this account and click Continue
- 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.
To unfriend someone:
- Go to that person's profile
- Hover over the Friends button at the top of their profile
- Select Unfriend
Note: If you choose to unfriend someone, you'll be removed from that person's friends list as well. If you want to be friends with this person again, you'll need to send a new friend request.
To block someone:
- Click at the top right of any Facebook page.
- Click How do I stop someone from bothering me?
- Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click Block.
- If you entered a name, select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears.
People will not be notified when you block them.
If you can't find someone using this method, try going to the person's profile and selecting Report/Block from the dropdown.
If you still can't find the person you want to block, it's possible that this person no longer uses Facebook or has restricted their privacy settings. Keep in mind that you can always control the audience of stuff you share.
Facebook offers these tools to help you deal with bullying and harassment. Depending on the seriousness of the situation:
- Unfriend — Only your Facebook friends can contact you through Facebook chat or post messages on your Timeline.
- Block — This will prevent the person from starting chats and messages with you, adding you as a friend and viewing things you share on your Timeline.
- Report the person or any abusive things they post.
The best protection against bullying is to learn how to recognize it and how to stop it. Here are some tips about what you should — and shouldn’t — do:
- Don’t respond. Typically, bullies want to get a response — don’t give them one.
- Don’t keep it a secret. Use Facebook's Trusted Friend tool to send a copy of the abusive content to someone you trust who can help you deal with the bullying. This will also generate a report to Facebook.
- Document and save. If the attacks persist, you may need to report the activity to an internet service provider and they will want to see the messages.
Visit Facebook's Family Safety Center for more information, tools and resources.
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.
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.