It is an upsetting and frustrating situation when you find an unconsented image of yourself posted on any website, especially if that photo is an intimate, private photo that was given to a past spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend in confidence.
To add to the embarrassment and feelings of betrayal, many of these photos are being posted on revenge websites, such as revenge porn and cheater reporting sites, implying that the person in the photo acted unfaithfully or promiscuously.
Although the people you’re close to you may treat you with love and understanding throughout the situation, having your imitate photos posted on the internet can cause severe damage to your personal, social, and professional existence.
Eventually, these images can circulate to friends, family, and colleagues, so when you discover you are a victim of revenge porn, it is important to take action and stamp out the problem before it can spread further.
Revenge porn is defined as posting sexually explicit or revealing images or videos of a person that are posted on the Internet, typically by a former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, without the consent of the subject with the intention of causing the subject embarrassment or distress.
Every site has their own policy and procedure when it comes to removing revenge porn. Below are some basic guidelines for starting the process of removing your photos from popular sites.
On Facebook, one way to get the photo taken down is to report the post. Follow these steps to report the post:
You can track the status of your report in the Support Dashboard
The options are also given to:
Or you can Select “This humiliates me or someone I know” and then follow steps 1-6 above.
When you select this reason for reporting, the options are also given to:
For more information on Facebook’s removal policy click here.
If you have an account with Instagram, you can report a post or profile for abuse, spam or anything that doesn’t follow Instagram’s Community Guidelines within the Instagram app.
To report a post:
Tap (iOS) or (Android) above the post
Follow the on-screen instructions
If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can report abuse, spam or anything else that doesn’t follow their Community Guidelines using this form.
Reporting a Tweet:
If you do want to have these Tweets included in follow-up emails about your report from Twitter, be sure to uncheck the box next to “Updates about this report can show these Tweets.”
Google Search Results
Google recommends that you first contact the hosting website’s webmaster, if possible, to have the content removed at the source. Google also offers information on finding webmaster contact information via Whois. Removing the harmful content at its source is the only way to get it completely removed from the web.
To request removal, click here.
Answer a few preliminary questions so the removal request form loads. When asked what you would like to remove, select “A picture of myself.”
For the form, you are required to provide the same contact information as well as:
You can also report material appearing in search results that may violate your copyright by clicking here.
Companies like DMCA.com can assist in you having revenge porn removed from the web. They offer takedown plans for all budgets and can help you detect and defend yourself against the unauthorized publication of your intimate photos.
A service like this can provide you with the tools, resources, and guidance to help you in your fight to remove your photos and protect your privacy.
Non-profit organizations like BADASS (Battling Against Demeaning & Abusive Selfie Sharing), can help you navigate the process of having your photos removed from the web through DMCA takedowns, while also providing free and accessible legal advice and other resources to help victims of revenge porn.
Our mission is to give victims of cyber harassment, assault, bullying and revenge porn a voice and dignity. You are not alone in your fight to have your revenge porn removed.
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