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16 Days of Activism: Day 13 - Because you can report it.

How can I get my intimate images removed?'. This is probably the most common question we get asked on the helpline. Understandable, most victims of this abuse just want the content to be removed so they can move on with their lives. The good news is, yes you can report your intimate content for removal. Getting it removed however, is sometimes tricky depending on where the content is posted…  

Reporting to social media                                                                                             We work very closely with all major social media platforms to help prevent this type of abuse, and when it does happen, develop strategies for quick removals. 
On most social media platforms it is against their community guidelines to share intimate content posted without consent. Every site is slightly different with how you should report the content but there is usually a ‘report’ tool on the image in question. However, we know that when you’re in a panic or you’re utterly distressed about having your intimate content active on a social media page, all common sense and logic goes out the window. Here’s a quick rundown of where you can report intimate images on the popular social media platforms:

Facebook 
•    Report here
•    Extra info 
Instagram
•    Report here
•    Extra info
Twitter
•    Report here
•    Extra info
Snapchat
•    Report here 
•    Extra info
Google and Youtube
•    Youtube, report here
•    Google, report here
•    Good right to be forgotten
Tumblr
•    Report here
•    Extra info
Flickr
•    Report here
•    Extra info

What if someone is threatening to share my intimate images on Facebook and Instagram, is there anything I can do to stop them?

We have partnered with Facebook and Instagram on a new pilot project where people can securely submit intimate images which they fear will be shared without their consent in order to prevent them from being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger. How does it work?

  • Someone threatens to share an intimate image a victim (they have to have a copy of the images they are threatening to share)
  • Contact the Revenge Porn Helpline, with consent and details of the victim, we can submit a form to Facebook
  • After submitting the form, the victim will receive an email containing a secure, one-time upload link
  • The victim can use the link to upload images they fear will be share
  • One of a handful of specifically trained members of our Community Operations Safety Team will review the report and create a unique fingerprint, or hash, that allows Facebook to identify future uploads of the images without keeping copies of them on their servers
  • Once Facebook create these hashes, they will notify the victim via email and delete the images from their servers – no later than seven days.
  • Facebook store the hashes so any time someone tries to upload an image with the same fingerprint, we can block it from appearing on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

General porn sites 
Every website is different; we are trusted flaggers to some of the popular porn platforms and have had good results. If you are reporting something yourself, you can report via a reporting tool by the image or video, or you’ll need to find a contact email. When writing to the site, state that the image or video has been posted without your consent, and this is against the law in the UK. Be polite and not too angry in your message.  

We can help, just ask!
If you’re reading this because you’ve had your intimate images shared online without your consent and you are struggling to get them removed or don’t know how to report it, we can help. Get in touch today with the URL links to where the content is posted and we can do our best. We can never guarantee removals, but we do have a pretty good track record! 

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