How to Report Things

The best way to report abusive content or spam on Instagram is by using the Report link near the content itself. Below are some examples of how you can report content to us. Learn more about reporting abuse.

Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.

Report Content

If you see someone's story and think it goes against Instagram's Community Guidelines, you can report it:

  1. Open the story.
  2. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) at the bottom of the photo or video you'd like to report.
  3. Tap Report (iPhone) or Report... (Android), then follow the on-screen instructions.
Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.
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You can report abusive photos, videos and messages that are sent to you on Instagram:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone and Instagram Lite app for Android
  1. Open the conversation in the Instagram app.
  2. Tap and hold the individual message you'd like to report.
  3. Tap Report.
  4. Select a reason for why you're reporting the message and then tap Submit Report.

If you'd like to report a post from Feed that was sent to you in a message, you can tap the post and report it. If you want to stop someone from sending you messages or message requests, you can block that person or report their profile.

Instagram reviews up to 30 of the most recent messages sent in reported conversations that involve accounts based in the European Union.

Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.
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If you see a post you don't like in Search & Explore, you can choose to see fewer posts like it:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone and Instagram Lite app for Android
  1. Tap the post.
  2. Tap (iPhone) or(Android) above the post.
  3. Select Not Interested.

If you see something that doesn't follow our Community Guidelines, you can select Report and follow the on-screen steps.

Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.
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If you see a video on IGTV and think it goes against Instagram's Community Guidelines, you can report it.

To report an IGTV video:

  1. Tap to open the video.
  2. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) at the bottom of the video.
  3. Tap Report, then follow the on-screen instructions.
Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.
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Learn how to report non-live content on Instagram.

Reporting a live broadcast from the Instagram app or from a computer on Instagram.com

If you see someone's live broadcast and think it goes against Instagram's Community Guidelines, you can report it. From the live broadcast you want to report:

  1. Tap or click next to Comment at the bottom of the broadcast.
  2. Tap Report (Instagram app) or Report Inappropriate (computer) then follow the on-screen instructions.

What kinds of live broadcasts can I report on Instagram?

We recommend reporting any live broadcast you think goes against our Community Guidelines. This can include:

  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Physical abuse
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Child abuse and endangerment
  • Threats of real-world violence

What if I’m not sure about reporting a live broadcast on Instagram?

We recommend submitting a report if you think a live broadcast goes against our Community Guidelines, but aren’t sure if it’s being shared to speak out against something or educate others.

If you aren’t sure a live broadcast is fake or meant to be a joke, we also recommend submitting a report if you think it goes against our Community Guidelines. The safety of our viewers and creators is our highest priority and your account won’t be affected if you submit a report.

What happens when I report a live broadcast on Instagram?

When you report a live broadcast, Instagram will review it as quickly as possible and remove broadcasts that don't follow our policies. We recognize the urgency of responding to time-sensitive reports while content is streaming live.

Once you submit a report you'll receive a message when your report has been reviewed by Instagram. Creators who’ve previously posted something that's been removed for going against our Community Guidelines may not be able to start another live broadcast on Instagram.

When you report a live broadcast, keep in mind:

  • Your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The broadcast creator won’t see who reported them.
  • You may not be able to see what happens to the account you reported.
  • We may determine the live broadcast doesn’t go against our Community Guidelines.
  • Depending on the severity of the situation, we may decide to end the live broadcast, disable the account or contact law enforcement.

What if there’s another live broadcast issue I want to report?

  • If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can fill out this form to report an infringement of your rights. Learn more about how to report copyright infringement.
  • If you’re having trouble viewing a live broadcast, you can report it. Keep in mind that if you're having a problem viewing a live broadcast, it could be because of a network or internet connection issue.
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If you see someone's reel and think it goes against Instagram's Community Guidelines, you can report it.

From the reel you want to report:

  1. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) in the bottom right of the reel you want to report.
  2. Tap Report (iPhone) or Report... (Android), then follow the on-screen instructions.
Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.
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Learn what to do if you see an ad you don’t like on Instagram.

If you think a seller or product goes against our Commerce Policies, you can report them.

To report a seller:

  1. Go to the profile of the seller you want to report.
  2. Tap (Android) or (iPhone) in the top right.
  3. Tap Report and follow the on-screen instructions.

To report a product:

  1. Go to the product page of the product you want to report.
  2. Tap (Android) or (iPhone) in the top right.
  3. Tap Report Item and select a reason.

To report a post containing a tagged product:

  1. Go to the post with a tagged product.
  2. Tap (Android) or (iPhone) in the top right.
  3. Tap Report and select a reason.
Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, except if you’re reporting an intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported them.

If you need help with your order

Learn what to do if you're having an issue with an order you made on Instagram. If you bought something through Instagram, you'll first need to contact the seller directly for help. If the seller hasn't responded to your message, you can contact Instagram for help.

Keep in mind that we may suspend or ban a seller if they go against our Commerce Policies. Buyers who file fraudulent claims are also subject to consequences outlined in our Purchase Protection Policies.

Learn more about how to avoid scams on Instagram.

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Report Intellectual Property Infringement

If you believe content on Instagram is infringing your copyright, you can take one or more of the following actions:

  • You can report it to us by filling out this form.
  • You can contact our designated agent under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). If you contact our DMCA designated agent, please be sure to include a complete copyright claim in your report.

Please note:

  • Only the copyright owner or their authorized representative may file a report of copyright infringement. If you believe something on Instagram infringes someone else’s copyright, you may want to let the rights owner know.
  • We regularly provide the rights owner’s name, your email and the details of your report to the person who posted the content you are reporting. In the case that you are an authorized representative submitting a report, we provide the name of the organization or client that owns the right in question. For this reason, you may wish to provide a valid generic business or professional email.

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The fastest and easiest way to submit a claim of copyright infringement to us is to use our online form. Whether you submit your report through our online form or another method, Instagram needs the following information to be able to process your report:

  • Your complete contact information (full name, mailing address and phone number)*
  • A description of the content on our site that you claim infringes your copyright
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on our site. The easiest way to do this is by providing web addresses (URLs) leading directly to the allegedly infringing content. Learn how to find a URL.
  • A declaration that:
    • You have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted content described above, in the manner you have complained of, is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
    • The information in your notice is accurate.
    • Under penalty of perjury, you are the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed.
  • Your electronic signature or physical signature.

*Please note that we regularly provide your name, contact information and the contents of your report to the person who posted the content you are reporting. If you are an authorized representative submitting a report, we provide the name of the organization or client that owns the right in question. You may wish to provide a professional or business email address for this reason.

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When we receive copyright claims through our online form and remove the reported content, we typically provide the reported user with the following information:

  • Report number
  • Rights owner’s name
  • Email address provided by the reporting party
  • Details of the report
  • Instructions on how to submit an appeal

The person whose content was removed may contact you with the information you provide. For this reason, you may want to provide a valid generic business or professional email address. In rare cases (such as when we are contacted by fax, mail or email), we are only able to provide the report number and a description of the removed content. We may provide additional information if it’s requested by the person who posted the reported content.

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If you submitted a copyright report to us through our online form or via email, you'll receive an automated email that contains information about your report, including a unique report number. You should save this number in case you need to contact us about your report.

Sometimes, we might respond to your report and ask for more information. If you receive a message from our team asking for more information about your report, you should respond directly to that message. Your response will be received by our team so they can continue to look into your report.

Please note that we regularly provide the person who posted the content with the following information about your report:

  • Report number
  • Rights owner's name
  • Email address provided by the reporting party
  • Details of the report
  • Instructions on how to submit an appeal
  • The person whose content was removed may contact you with the information you provide. For this reason, you may want to provide a valid generic business or professional email address.

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    If you submitted a trademark report to us through our online form or via email, you’ll receive an automated email that contains information about your report, including a unique report number. You should save this number in case you need to contact us about your report.

    Sometimes, we might respond to your report and ask for more information. If you receive an email from our team you should respond directly to that email. Once our team receives your response, they can continue to look into your report.

    Please note that we regularly provide the person who posted the content with the following information about your report:

  • Report number
  • Rights owner's name
  • Email address provided by the reporting party
  • Details of the report
  • Instructions on how to submit an appeal
  • The person whose content was removed may contact you with the information you provide. For this reason, you may want to provide a valid generic business or professional email address in your report.

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    When we receive trademark claims through our online form and remove the reported content, we provide the reported user with the following information:

    • Report number
    • Rights owner’s name
    • Email address provided by the reporting party
    • Description of the rights owner’s trademark(s)
    • Description of the removed content

    In rare cases (such as when we are contacted by fax, mail or email), we provide the report number and a description of the removed content. Instagram may provide additional information if it’s requested by the person who posted the reported content.

    For any content that was removed based on U.S. trademark rights, we will include instructions for how to appeal if the affected user believes the content should not have been removed.

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    Trademark violations may involve using a company or business name, logo or other trademark-protected materials in a manner that may mislead or confuse others with regard to its brand or business affiliation.

    What is not a violation?

    Using another's trademark in a way that has nothing to do with the product or service for which the trademark was granted is not a violation of Instagram's trademark policy. Note that Instagram usernames are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved.

    How do I report a trademark violation?

    Learn more about other types of trademark violations or submit a report of a username violating your trademark.
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    Special Types of Reports

    We want to help you find support and take action if you need to. We worked with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative on this list of things you can do and organizations you can reach out to for support and advice.

    Document the post

    You may need a record of the post if you decide to take further action. We recommend that you take a screenshot of the post for reporting purposes.

    Report the post

    You can anonymously report photos that go against Instagram's Community Guidelines. If someone is threatening to share things you want to keep private (example: messages, photos, videos), asking you to send money or asking you to do something else you're uncomfortable with, please report their profile to us. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can report things using this form.

    After reporting a post, specially trained representatives from our Community Operations team will then review the image and remove it if it goes against our Community Guidelines. We then use photo-matching technology to help stop future attempts to share the image on Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.

    Unfollow or block the person who posted it

    Keep in mind that these options may keep you from seeing the post, but the person who posted it and other people on Instagram may still be able to see the post unless it’s removed.

    Get support

    These organizations provide support for people who are being harassed or harmed online:

    You may want to contact local law enforcement to see if it's illegal to post things like this in your state or country. If you want to pursue legal action, you may need a screenshot or other record of the post.

    Reach out to an advocate

    • Talk with a victim advocate or social worker in your town or city. In the US, there are victim advocates in county offices, police stations, domestic violence prevention centers, rape crisis centers, sheriff’s offices and offices of state attorneys general. Victim advocates can help you gather evidence, figure out how to keep you safe and get a civil protection or anti-stalking order against the person harassing you.
    • If you’re a minor, consider talking to a school counselor or administrator you trust.
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    If an account is established with the intent of bullying or harassing another person or if a photo or comment is intended to bully or harass someone, please report it. You can also learn what to do if you think someone is pretending to be you or someone else on Instagram.

    Once you've reported the abuse, consider blocking the person.

    Learn how to report other accounts or posts that don't follow our Community Guidelines.

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    If your friend is in immediate danger, call local emergency services immediately. Don't wait.

    It can be very hard to know what to say to someone who's told you that they're considering suicide, or who seems to be thinking about it but may not have told you directly.

    Encouraging your friend to talk about what they're going through can be one of the most helpful things you can do for them. Being a good listener, and giving them the space they need to talk is important, as is following up with them regularly. You also can help by getting them to someone else they can trust, like a health care professional or another friend.

    We've worked with suicide prevention experts to understand the best ways to support a person who's having suicidal thoughts. This list is informed by the work that Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention has done on suicide prevention.

    Here's what you can do:

    • Look for warning signs: Your friend might say things like “I want to disappear” or “I want to end this.” They may indicate that they're feeling hopeless and helpless, or suggest that they're a burden to others. They may have lost interest in the things that they usually do, or they may be acting impulsively.
    • Empathize and listen: Give them your full attention. Try not to offer solutions or to convince them that things will get better; what they need most at this point is to feel heard. Help them to feel understood and don't judge them. Try asking open-ended questions that will get them talking about how they're feeling, like “I know you're going through a lot right now. Can we talk? I'd like to hear how you're feeling.”
    • Ask about suicide: By asking clearly and directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” you show that you care and that you've heard how much distress they're in. You aren't increasing the risk of someone killing themselves by asking directly. If they say, “Yes, I'm thinking about suicide,” don't panic. Tell them how much courage it took them to tell you that, and continue the conversation. Encouraging them to talk about what they're going through can reduce their feelings of isolation.
    • Remove the danger: If they say that they're thinking about suicide, ask them if they have a plan. If they say yes, ask whether they have access to means, like drugs, a weapon or rope. It's important to do your best to get these items away from them, or to have other friends, or law enforcement, step in to help.

    Help them get to the next level of care. Talking to your friend or family member is important, and you also might want to connect them with a counselor, health care professional or a helpline.

    You may have seen a post on Instagram that worries you. If so, you can let us know about it by reporting the post and we may send some resources that we've developed with suicide prevention experts to the person. They won't know that you reported their post. In some cases, we may contact emergency services if they seem to be in immediate danger.

    Caring for someone who is considering suicide can be very hard. Be sure to take care of yourself while you're going through this, and reach out to friends or health care professionals who can support you.

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    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: Learn how to report profiles or posts or messages. 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.
    • Get help from experts: Find more support for general issues with non-consensual intimate images in your region or use the resources listed below.

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    Convicted sex offenders aren't allowed to use Instagram. If you've seen an account that may belong to a convicted sex offender, please report it to us.

    Please provide one of the following with your report:

    • A link to a listing in a national sex offender registry
    • A link to an online news article
    • A link to a court document

    If you aren't able to include this with your report, we recommend that you ask a local law enforcement representative to contact us so we can take action on your report.

    Once we're able to verify someone's status as a sex offender, we'll immediately disable their account.

    If someone is harassing you, you can learn how to report them.

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    We worked with ConnectSafely.org on the following answer. To learn more, please visit http://www.connectsafely.org/.

    If someone is threatening to share things you intended to be private and asking you to send them money or anything else, you have options:

    • Contact local law enforcement and report this to them.
    • Block this person. Depending on your privacy settings, people on Instagram can see a list of your followers and who you follow. Once you block someone, they no longer have access to your profile.

    The safest thing you can do is never share something you wouldn’t want other people seeing, even if you feel like you trust the person asking you to share.

    If you're under 18

    If you're under 18, we recommend talking with a parent or other adult you trust to help you think through what to do. We offer some tips for parents on safety and security on Instagram. Here are other resources for you to consider:

    • Contact a crisis hotline or chat service. These can be found all over the US and in many other countries. This is a good option if you want to remain anonymous while deciding what to do. Crisis lines can also often refer you to a victim advocate or other legal adviser near you. In the US, you can search for one by zip code at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/our-network/ or visit www.crisischat.org/.
    • Talk with a victim advocate or social worker in your town or city. In the US, there are victim advocates in county offices, police stations, domestic violence prevention centers, rape crisis centers, sheriff's offices and offices of state attorneys general. Victim advocates can help you gather evidence, figure out how to keep you safe and get a civil protection or anti-stalking order against the person threatening you. If you're in the US, call the National Organization for Victim Assistance at 1-800-TRY-NOVA/800-879-6682 or go to www.trynova.org.
    • Contact a legal aid society or organization near you for free advice.
    • Ask a lawyer or other counselor for advice.
    • Talk to a school counselor or administrator.
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    We ask that all people follow our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. If your teen encounters someone on Instagram who's not following these guidelines or Terms, they can report that person's posts directly from Instagram.

    People can report abusive behavior or posts with our built-in reporting. This includes nude photos, abuse and excessive spam. Reporting is totally anonymous. No information about the reporter is sent to the person whose account or photo has been reported.

    To report a photo:

    1. Tap (iPhone) or(Android) above the photo you'd like to report and then tap Report.

    To report a comment:

    1. Tap below the image, swipe left (iPhone) or tap (Android) on the comment you'd like to report, tap ! and then choose Report This Comment or Block.

    Please also talk to your kids and educate them about internet safety. If they're experiencing abuse from other people on Instagram, ask them to use blocking and our privacy settings.

    There are also lots of great online resources with more information for parents on bullying:

    It's important to note that if your teen is a victim of abusive behavior on our service, we're unable to provide non-public information (like the offending person’s email address) without a search warrant or subpoena from law enforcement. If there's an emergency, we suggest contacting your local police department. Get more information about law enforcement.

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    Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). Accounts that represent someone under the age of 13 must clearly state in the account’s bio that the account is managed by a parent or manager. If your child is younger than 13 and has an account that isn’t managed by you or a manager, you can show them how to delete their account.

    If you'd like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who's under 13, please fill out this form. We will delete the account if we can't verify the account is managed by someone over 13 years old.

    To learn more about our policies, you can read our Terms of Use.

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    Posting, sharing or downloading images that sexually exploit children for any reason can be criminal. We report all apparent child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    If you ever see this type of content on Instagram:

    • Don't share it or comment on it.
    • Report it to us by using the built-in reporting options.
    • Notify the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children using the CyberTipline.

    If you think an image or video is spreading “virally,” please report it instead of sharing or commenting on it.

    Important: Never download or save this content for any reason. You will not be asked to provide a copy of the image or video in any report.

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