How to report a threat from Facebook

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How to report a threat from Facebook
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Facebook has a number of user protection practices in place. For example, they will delete content that is objectionable, even if nobody reports it. However, sometimes users identify abuse on Facebook before the administrators get around to it. If someone is threatening you, do not ignore it. Facebook has a number of options for you to deal with this growing problem. Whether the threat came from an unknown person or friend and regardless of whether it was private or public, there are ways to deal with it.

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    Reporting threats via messages

  1. 1

    Click on the "Actions" menu in your message interface. Don't respond to the message.

  2. 2

    Select “Report spam or abuse,” then click the box next to “Report conversation participant(s) for harassing or threatening me.” If the person threatening you is one of your Facebook friends, the next step is to block them them. To do this, click the padlock icon at the top of your profile. Then select “How do I stop someone from bothering me?”

  3. 3

    Enter the name or email address of the person into the box and select "Block."

    Reporting threatening timeline posts

  1. 1

    Click the arrow icon that appears next to the post. Select “report story or spam.” This sends an automatic message to Facebook’s admin team, who will investigate.

  2. 2

    Click the pencil icon and select “Delete post” to remove the post from your timeline.

  3. 3

    Click the gear icon and click the “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” link, then enter their name or email address and select block.

    Reporting cyber bullying

  1. 1

    Take a screen capture of the abuse before deleting it if you plan to go to the police or to your school about the threats. On a PC, hit the print screen button, then paste the image into a document. On a Mac, hit Command Shift 3 to capture the whole page or Command Shift 4 to select a portion of the page, then paste the image into a document and save it.

  2. 2

    Alert a responsible adult, such as your parents or a teacher at your school. Show them the post, message or comment that you saved.

  3. 3

    Report it to the police if necessary. Don’t call 999 as it is not an emergency. Instead, ring your local police station and tell them that you’ve been a victim of cyberbullying.

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