If someone tries to use a personal intimate image as a threat to make you do something you don’t want to do—like send money, additional images or have sexual contact—that is a crime known as sextortion. We have built safeguards and technology to help prevent and combat this abuse—and stop these criminals from causing harm.
We have strict rules against content or behavior that exploits people, including sharing or threatening to share someone’s intimate images. We encourage anyone who sees content they think breaks our rules to report it—and we have a dedicated reporting option to use if someone is sharing private images. When we become aware of this content, we work to take action.
We have specialized teams working on combating sextortion. We have identified patterns associated with this behavior, and built automated systems that detect and remove these accounts at scale. We also have dedicated teams that investigate and remove these criminals and report them to authorities, including law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), when appropriate. We work with partners, like NCMEC and the International Justice Mission, to help train law enforcement around the world to identify, investigate and respond to these types of cases.
We work to protect people from sextortion by preventing unwanted contact, especially between adults and teens. We do this in a variety of ways:
We educate teens when interacting with certain adults.
We are committed to working with expert partners to combat sextortion around the world and have been dedicated to this work for many years.
Instagram and Facebook are founding members of Take It Down —a platform by NCMEC to proactively prevent young people’s intimate images, including AI-generated content, from spreading online. We provided financial support to NCMEC to develop Take It Down, building on the success of StopNCII.org, a platform we developed that helps adults stop the spread of their intimate images online. We’ve made both Take It Down and StopNCII easily accessible on our apps when people are reporting potentially violating content.
We’ve also developed ways to help people control their own experience. For example, people can choose who can message them, and can block anyone they don’t want to hear from. We also encourage people to report content they think breaks our rules, and we prompt teens to report at relevant moments, such as when they block someone.
We’ve developed more than 30 tools and features to help support the safety of teens and families across our apps, including supervision tools for parents and guardians, and specific education and resources about sextortion. Anyone seeking support and information related to sextortion can visit our education and awareness resources, including the Stop Sextortion resources, developed with Thorn.
Stop sextortion resources help those seeking support and information. They provide immediate actions you can take if you or a friend is experiencing this as well as expert tips for teens, parents and guardians.
You can report nude or sexual photos or videos of yourself or threats to share these images or videos to our apps or technologies to prevent them from being reshared. Our teams review reports 24/7 in more than 70 languages and will take action on violating content and behavior. Learn how to report with the links below:
If you have a nude or sexual photo or video of yourself, there are tools to help you prevent it from being shared or reshared online:
If you have an intimate image or video that was taken when you were over 18 and are concerned it will be shared or reshared online, you can take steps to help prevent further circulation through StopNCII.org.
The tool uses hash-generating technology that assigns a unique hash value (a numerical code) to an image, creating a secure digital fingerprint. Tech companies participating in StopNCII.org receive the hash and can use that hash to detect if someone has shared or is trying to share those images on their platforms.
If you have a nude or sexual photo or video of yourself that was taken when you were under 18 and are concerned it will be shared or reshared online, you can take steps to help prevent further circulation through TakeItDown.NCMEC.org.
Similar to StopNCII.org, Take It Down assigns a unique hash value (a numerical code) to your image or video privately and without the image or video ever leaving your device or anyone viewing it. Once you submit the hash value to NCMEC, companies like ours can use those hashes to prevent the content from being posted on our apps in the future.
This option is for: