How to Report Someone on Facebook (Comments, Profiles, Pages and More)

Holly Hunt
Holly Hunt  |  December 7, 2018

It’s a sad but inescapable fact: some people are not good people.

And in large gathering places, such as social media, these not-good people come out of the woodwork. It’s easy to be cruel and take part in cyberbullying while hiding behind a computer screen. Facebook, with over one billion users a month, is one such place where bullies, scammers, impersonators, and others feel empowered to make an appearance. 

Even those who have a Facebook marketing strategy and use the social network primarily on their Facebook business page can become targets. For example, an unhappy customer may leave a rancid comment on your business page threatening the employee they interacted with.

Facebook acknowledges this issue and has created an accountability mechanism: the ability to report people.

How to report someone on Facebook

What does reporting someone mean? Facebook will receive and review your complaint. If the person you reported has violated Facebook’s Community Standards, then his or her account will be disabled. Depending on the offense, the account could be disabled permanently. However, if Facebook deems your report unfounded, nothing will happen to the user.

In either case, the user will not be notified that you reported them.

There are many different ways to report someone. In this article I’ll cover:

Let’s get started!

How to report a Facebook profile

Reporting someone’s profile is the same on mobile and desktop. The only difference is the placement of the three dots icon. On mobile, it is found beneath the user’s name and titled ‘More.’ On a desktop, it’s in the bottom right of the user’s cover photo.

  1. Go to the person’s profile. You can do so by searching for his or her name in the search bar, or finding them in your newsfeed. 

2. Click on the three dots icon. On mobile, it’s found beneath the user’s name and titled ‘More.’ On desktop, it’s the bottom right of the user’s cover photo.

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3. Select ‘Give feedback or report this profile’

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4. Choose the reason you’re reporting that person.

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If you select ‘Pretending to Be Someone’ Facebook will ask if its you, a friend, or a celebrity they are impersonating. If you choose ‘I Want to Help,’ you’ll be asked for more details, such as if it’s suicide, self-injury, harassment or a hacked profile.

5. Click ‘Send.’

How to report a Facebook post

In the case that one particular post is disturbing you, you can report that specifically. This also helps if you’re trying to prove a specific instance where the user was harassing someone, posting nudity, what have you. 

  1. Click on the three dots icon in the top right of the post

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2. Select ‘Give Feedback on This Post’

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3. Choose the reason you’re reporting that person.

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If you select ‘Pretending to Be Someone’ Facebook will ask if its you, a friend, or a celebrity they are impersonating. If you choose ‘I Want to Help,’ you’ll be asked for more details, such as if it’s suicide, self-injury, harassment or a hacked profile. 

5. Click ‘Send.’ 

How to report a Facebook comment

If the comment is on someone else’s profile or post:

  1. Hover over the comment and click the three dots icon that appears next to it.

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2. Select ‘Give feedback or report this comment’

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3. Choose the reason you’re reporting that person.

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If you select ‘Pretending to Be Someone’ Facebook will ask if its you, a friend, or a celebrity they are impersonating. If you choose ‘I Want to Help,’ you’ll be asked for more details, such as if it’s suicide, self-injury, harassment or a hacked profile. 

4. Click ‘Send.’

If the comment is on your profile or post:

  1. Hover over the comment and click the three dots icon that appears next to it

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2. Click ‘Delete.’ You cannot report comments made on your own profile or post, unfortunately. Deleting it will remove it from your profile.

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3. If you do want to report the person, follow the steps to report someone’s Facebook profile. Note: You can also block the user. Learn how to block on Facebook.

How to report a Facebook page

In this highly politicized, emotional climate, some Facebook groups and pages can get nasty and start attacking individuals. If this is the case, here’s how to report a Facebook page.

  1. Go to the Facebook page. You can find it by searching for it in the search bar or, if you’re a part of the group, it will be in the left sidebar of your home page under ‘Explore’ and ‘Groups.’

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2. Select the three dots icon ‘More.’

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3. Choose ‘Report Group.’

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4. Choose the reason you’re reporting that group.

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5. Click ‘Send.’

How to report a Facebook photo

  1. Open the photo up on Facebook.

2. Hover over the photo and click ‘Options’ if you’re on a desktop. If on mobile, select the three dots icon in the top right corner.

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3. Select ‘Give feedback or report photo.’

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4. Choose the reason you’re reporting that photo. Facebook will ask follow-up questions if you choose harassment or nudity.

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5. Click ‘Send.’

How to view your reports

If you want to view the reports you’ve sent in to Facebook, you can do so by following these steps.

  1. Click the down arrow in the top right of your menu bar.

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2. Select ‘Settings.’

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3. Select ‘Support inbox’ toward the bottom of the sidebar.

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4. Click on ‘Details’ to see more information about each report.

Now you’re ready to report anything

Don’t let bullies get away with being malicious. If you see something, do something. This will help make Facebook a friendlier, more inclusive environment for all!

TIP: Chances are, if you're ready to report someone, they might deserve to be blocked from your accounts as well. Learn how to block someone on all social media channels.

Read More: How to Block Someone on Social Media →

Holly Hunt
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Holly Hunt

Holly is a team lead on the content marketing team. An avid reader and writer, Holly graduated from the University of Missouri with a dual major in Journalism and English. Prior to joining G2 Crowd, she lived in Madison, WI, ate a horrifying amount of cheese curds, and then found her way to Chicago for a content writing gig.