LGBTQ+ safety tools

In addition to the Facebook Community Standards and Instagram Community Guidelines, Meta offers numerous safety tools to prevent and stop abuse on our technologies and put you in control of your experience. Learn about the tools and resources that can enhance LGBTQ+ online safety.

Additional account names

Facebook is a place to connect with the people and causes you care about. We welcome diversity of identity expression across our global community, while also working to prevent impersonations and identity misrepresentations. That is why we require people to connect on Facebook using the name they go by in everyday life. However, Facebook also allows you to list another name on your account, such as a chosen name maiden name, nickname or professional name.

No hate speech or bullying and harassment allowed.

Meta has policies to protect the LGBTQ+ community online against hate speech, bullying and harassment. Understanding these policies can help you report abuse.

If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or violates our Facebook Community Standards, you can report the content itself or the entire Page, Profile or Group. Reporting is anonymous. You can check the status of your report, cancel a report or request a review of our decision.

Non-consensual intimate images

The sharing of intimate images without your consent – or the threat to do so – is against our policies. We have resources and steps you can take to remove the images from our apps while preventing them from being shared or reshared.

Protect your information.

Take advantage of tools that offer an extra layer of security. Protect your password and get alerts when someone tries logging into your account from an unrecognized computer or mobile device.

Use Privacy Checkup to review and adjust privacy settings and to ensure you are only sharing your content with the people you want to see it. You can specify who can send you friend requests or who has access to your phone number or email address. You can also review the settings for apps you have logged into using Facebook.

Learn more about tools that help you control your experiences.

If you are hacked.

If you think your account has been hacked, see if you can log into your account. If you can, make sure that the contact information on your account is correct. Change your password and enable two-factor authentication to help prevent future hacks. If you are not able to get into your account, learn how to regain access.

Additional safety and well-being tools

Learn more about Meta’s host of safety tools to help protect people across technologies.