Contact social media sites
It’s so easy to share online, that sometimes you might post something and wish you hadn’t.
If you’ve posted something you regret on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr or another site, you should delete it from your account as quickly as you can.
What if someone else has posted something about you?
Most websites have a way for you to ask them to remove ‘content’ – like videos, pictures, comments or profiles – that upsets you. This is called making a ‘report’.
It’s important to know that making a report doesn’t mean the content will definitely be removed.
If you want to have something taken down from a site you should check to see if it breaks one of their rules.
Facebook calls their rules ‘Community Standards’, YouTube’s rules are called ‘Community Guidelines’ and other sites like Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram have their own sets of rules and ways to report.
Before using any website you should read them to learn what is, and what isn’t, acceptable on the site. You should also learn how to report content to the site.
Here’s where to find the rules and how to report forthe most popular social networks and messaging apps:
Read Facebook's rules
Report to Facebook
Facebook Safety Centre
Read YouTube's rules
Report to YouTube
YouTube Safety Centre
Read Instagram's rules
Report to Instagram
Instagram Safety Centre
Read Tumblr's rules
Report to Tumblr by email
If you email firstname.lastname@example.org about harassment:
- Use the keyword "harassment" in your title and in your email.
- Take a screen grab as evidence and attach it to your email
- Put your Tumblr link and the details of the person harassing you in the email – give as much detail as possible.
Read Vine's rules
Contacting Vine and reporting
Read Twitter's rules
Reporting to Twitter
Read Ask.fm's 'terms of service'
Read Ask.fm's safety tips
Reporting on Ask.fm:
You do not need to be logged into the site (i.e. a user) to report.
When you move your mouse over any post on someone else’s profile, you will see an option to like the post and also a drop down arrow which allows you to report the post for one of four reasons.
- Spam or scam
- Hate speech
- Pornographic content
It is also possible to block other users, by scrolling to the bottom of their profile page and clicking on but users need to be logged in to do this. Users can also remove any questions from their own profile by clicking on the cross in the top right hand corner of every question and answer.
If you are using the app through Facebook, there is an option to report the application by clicking on "report/contact this app" which is displayed in the final tab in the right-hand column.
Otherwise, it appears that the block function acts a form of reporting, however, there is no evidence on the site that carrying out the blocking process alerts moderators to inappropriate content.
Read Kik's rules
Reporting to Kik
Kik Help Centre
Read Snapchat's rules
Reporting to Snapchat
Snapchat Help Centre