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.

If you don't want someone to see your posts or contact you on Instagram, keep in mind that you can always block that person. You can also read our tips on how to address abuse on Instagram.

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:

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.

Learn How to Get Support:

Reach out for help or learn more about what to do from experts in your region:

Find more support for general issues with non-consensual intimate images in your region.

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