What can I do if someone is blackmailing me on Instagram?
If someone is trying to blackmail you (threatening to share private information about you if you don't send them money or something else you're uncomfortable with), please report it. You should also contact your local law enforcement.
What can I do if someone is blackmailing me for intimate images, videos or messages?
Your private content is your own. Instagram wants you to know that it's wrong and against our rules for someone to share or threaten to share your intimate images, videos or messages without your consent.
If this is happening, it isn't your fault, and you can take steps to protect yourself.
- Report to Instagram: Report it by filling out this form. The person you're communicating with won't be notified. Instagram may be able to take action to help.
- You're not alone: People who experience these kinds of situations can sometimes feel scared or desperate or can experience depression. If you're struggling and thinking about hurting yourself, get support. Please don't wait.
- Tell someone you trust: Message or call a friend or adult you trust, such as a relative, teacher, school counselor or family friend. They can help you protect yourself.
- What should I do if someone is threatening to share things I want to keep private (example: photos or videos)?
- What should I do if someone shares an intimate photo of me on Instagram without my permission?
- How do I manage my privacy on Instagram?
- What should I do if someone is asking me to share a nude or sexual photo or video of myself on Instagram?
- I'm worried about someone after seeing content they've shared on Instagram about suicide or self-injury. What can I do?