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How to Report Abuse to Popular Social Media Sites

You don’t need to suffer on your own. It is extremely important that you act upon any type of abuse and the majority of Social Media sites (all of the popular ones) have incorporated functionality into their pages to report abuse. Many sites have also incorporated the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) ‘panic’ button onto their pages which reports abuse directly to authorities. You can find out more about this at the CEOP website.


  • Go to the “Privacy” page and enter the person’s name in the “Block” search field at the bottom of the page;
  • Remove the person from your friend list;
  • Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;
  • Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent you through your Facebook inbox without opening them;
  • If someone has posted an image of you without your permission and named you in the photo, you can remove your name from the photo by selecting the “Remove Tag” option.  Ask the person who posted the image to take it down, Facebook cannot force people to remove photos unless they violate the Terms of Use.  If someone is constantly tagging you in embarrassing or inappropriate photos, remove them from your friend list so that they will no longer be able to tag you in photos;
  • If someone has posted an offensive note, you can report this to Facebook using the “Report this Note” link under each note.

MSN Messenger

  • Right-click on the person’s name in your contact list and select the “Block” option.  You can also block someone in the conversation window when you are talking to them by selecting the “Block” button;
  • Remove the person from your contact list by right-clicking on their names and selecting the “Delete” option;
  • If someone is harassing or threatening you, click on the “Help” menu and select the “Report Abuse” option.  Action will be taken if the person is violating the Terms of Use.


  • Access the person’s blog page and select the “unfollow” option on the right-hand side;
  • If you are being harassed or threatened, contact the Twitter administration and they will be able to take action if the person is violating their Terms of Service.


  • If you have an account, you can report videos by selecting the “Flag” button under each video.  Select the most appropriate reason for reporting the video and a report will be sent to the YouTube administration.

Mobile Phones

  • Talk to your mobile phone company and find out if they are able to stop certain numbers calling, or texting, your phone.

ACMA: Making and Internet Complaint
This Australian government web site provides information on how to make an Internet complaint.