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How to Report a Facebook Account (2021)

Did you see someone on Facebook using hate speech?

Or is someone on Facebook impersonating another person?

If so, you can report the person on Facebook.

The Facebook team will then review the person’s posts or profile.

If the person did violate one or more of Facebook’s community standards, action will be taken against them.

This includes the deletion of their post(s).

In major circumstances, your report will result in the permanent suspension of the person’s account.

How to Report a Facebook Account

To report a Facebook account, you need to navigate to the person that you want to report and tap on the three dots.

Then, tap on “Find support or report profile”, select a problem, and report the profile to Facebook.

There are multiple problems that you can select.

This includes “Hate speech”, “Harassment”, “Intellectual property”, and more.

You need to choose the appropriate category that you’re reporting the person for.

For example, if the person posted something related to hate, you can report them for “Hate speech”.

If your report is successful, the person’s post will be taken down and their account may be suspended.

Here is how to report a Facebook account.

  1. Open Facebook and tap on the search icon
  2. Search for the person that you want to report
  3. Tap on the three dots
  4. Tap on “Find support or report profile”
  5. Select a problem
  6. Tap on “Report profile”
  7. Tap on “Submit”

1. Open Facebook and tap on the search icon

Facebook search

To begin with, you need to open the Facebook app and log in to your account.

You can also use the desktop version of Facebook for this.

In this guide, we’ll use the Facebook app instead.

Once you’re on the Facebook app, you need to search for the person that you want to report.

To do so, tap on the search icon on the top navigation bar.

2. Search for the person that you want to report

Facebook people search

Skip this step if you already found the person that you want to report.

After you’ve tapped on the search icon on the top navigation bar, you’ll be able to search on the Facebook app.

You can search for posts, people, groups, and more.

Now, you need to search for the name of the person that you want to report.

For example, if the person’s name is “Test”, search for “Test”.

Then, scroll down the search results, find the person, and tap on them.

3. Tap on the three dots

Report a Facebook account

After you’ve found the person that you want to report, you need to go to their profile.

You can visit a person’s profile by tapping on their profile picture.

Once you’re on the person’s profile, you’ll see three dots.

Tap on the three dots on their profile to open more options.

4. Tap on “Find support or report profile”

Find support or report profile on Facebook

After you’ve tapped on the three dots on the person’s profile, the “Manage” page will open.

The page contains 3 options that you can choose from.

This includes “Find support or report profile”, “Block”, and “Search Profile”.

Tap on “Find support or report profile” to start reporting their account.

5. Select a problem

Please select a problem on Facebook

After you’ve tapped on “Find support or report profile”, you’ll need to select a problem.

There is a list of problems that you can choose from.

This includes “Hate speech”, “Harassment”, “Intellectual property”, and more.

You need to select the problem that you’re reporting the person for.

For example, if the person’s post contains hate, select “Hate speech”.

On the other hand, if the person is impersonating someone else, select “Pretending to be something”.

6. Tap on “Report profile”

Report Facebook profile

After you’ve selected a problem, you may need to provide more information.

However, certain problems like “Hate speech” do not require you to provide more information.

Instead, you’ll land on the “You selected” page.

On the page, you can choose 3 options.

This includes “Block”, “Hide all” and “Report profile”.

The “Block” option will block the person from seeing or contacting you on Facebook.

The “Hide all” option will hide all of the person’s posts.

Lastly, the “Report profile” option allows you to report the person to Facebook for review.

Since you’re looking to report the person, tap on “Report profile”.

7. Tap on “Submit”

Does this go against our Community Standards?

After you’ve tapped on “Report profile”, Facebook will ask you if the person goes against their community standards.

You can see Facebook’s community standards here: https://transparency.fb.com/en-gb/policies/community-standards/.

If the person violated one or more of Facebook’s community standards, you should report them.

To do so, tap on “Submit” to report the person on Facebook.

After you’ve reported the person, you need to wait for Facebook to review their account.

You’ll receive notifications about the report if you’ve enabled “Receive notifications about this report”.

If the person violated one or more of Facebook’s community standards, action will be taken against them.

This includes the deletion of their post(s) and the suspension of their account.

You’ve successfully learned how to report a Facebook account or profile!

What will happen if you report a Facebook account?

If you report a Facebook account, Facebook will review it.

If the person violated one or more of Facebook’s community standards, action will be taken against them.

This includes the removal of the person’s post(s) or even the suspension of their account.

Your name and personal information will be confidential.

How many reports are needed to delete a Facebook account?

There isn’t a number of reports that can delete a Facebook account.

The deletion of a Facebook account depends on the severity of the violation.

For example, if the person that you’re reporting committed a mild violation, their account will not be deleted.

Instead, they’ll receive a warning not to repeat the violation.

Conclusion

It’s highly recommended that you report someone on Facebook if you know that they violated one or more of Facebook’s community standards.

This will keep Facebook a safer place for everyone.

Keep in mind that Facebook might take a while to review the person that you’ve reported.

This is due to the lack of reviewers.

If you’ve enabled “Receive notifications about this report”, you’ll be notified once the review is complete.

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