How to Remove Revenge Porn from Instagram

instagramRevenge Porn is when a perpetrator deliberately distributes pornographic material of another person – without their permission, according to the Civil Rights Initiative.  Some of the images may contain nudity, sexual activity that the perpetrator usually distributes over the web and social networks in order to embarrass, harass or blackmail the victim.  These images get seen by hundreds or thousands – and in some cases the graphics can be of children.  Often the victim is threatened or harassed by third parties who have seen the pornographic images.

If you see images of yourself or others that do not belong on Instagram, there is a way to take them down.  Instagram (like many social networks) has community guidelines and if images or videos do not conform with the guidelines, you can report it.  These images may contain the following:

  • Nudity
  • Spam
  • Self-harm

Instagram Community Guidelines:

We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature … we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.”

With Respect to Images of Children:

For safety reasons, there are times when we may remove images that show nude or partially-nude children. Even when this content is shared with good intentions, it could be used by others in unanticipated ways. You can learn more on our Tips for Parents page.

To report a post (these tips are provided by Civil Rights Initiative):

  1. Tap  (iOS and Windows Phone) or  (Android) above or below the post
  2. Tap Report Inappropriate
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions

To report a profile:

  1. Tap  (iOS and Windows Phone) or  (Android) in the top right of the profile
  2. Tap Report (iOS and Android) or Report for Spam (Windows Phone) and select It’s Innapropriate
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions

Learn how to report a comment.

iOS

  1. Tap  below the photo
  2. Swipe your finger to the left over the comment you’d like to report
  3. Tap Report Abuse
  4. Select an option for why the comment is abusive

Android

  1. Tap  below the photo
  2. Tap the comment you want to report
  3. Tap  and choose Delete Comment and Report Abuse

When you report an inappropriate comment, your report is anonymous and your information isn’t shared with the person who originally posted the alleged offensive comment.

Also, reporting the individual multiple times will not affect whether or not it’s removed – so you do not have to report it multiple times.  It will be removed if the images do not comport with the Community Guidelines.

If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can report the profile or individual using this form. If you’re trying to report a post or profile you can’t see, ask a friend who can see the content to report it.

7 thoughts on “How to Remove Revenge Porn from Instagram”

  1. This person has obtained inappropriate photos of me (revenge porn) through an ex boyfriend and is sending them on Instagram. Please help me. His username is plopez_413

  2. Linda L. Poindexter

    Please help me Travis k Peterson is trying to blackmail me with nudity pictures of myself!! Says he will post on Instagram if I don’t give him money!! Thank you!!
    Linda l Poindexter

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