Billions of new images and profiles appear on Facebook every day. If a harasser is impersonating you, or someone uploads media of you without your permission, it can be difficult to know what to do. Our guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to delete images and profiles from Facebook.
Why You Might Want Media Removed From Facebook
Facebook has to delete more than a billion fake accounts every few months. Hackers and cybercriminals create many of these accounts, impersonating legitimate persons. Sometimes scammers fake profiles to add people as friends and mine their data or social engineer them.
The most dangerous types of fake accounts impersonate someone we know. These types of accounts can be used to trick people into giving up valuable information or even into giving hackers access to their online accounts.
If you spot one of these accounts, or if these accounts are impersonating someone you know, you should have it removed.
Someone you know may try to upload pictures or videos you don’t want on Facebook. Illicit photos are not allowed by Facebook’s terms of service.
If these sorts of images are uploaded, you should remove them right away.
How to Delete Images, Videos, and Profiles From Facebook
You need to take several steps to remove images and profiles from Facebook. These actions will differ depending on whether you’re trying to remove an image or a profile.
Removing An Image or Video, You Uploaded
If you can still access the image, you can easily delete it.
Log into your account and navigate to the image you want to be removed. Now, click on the three dots to the right of the post near your profile name.
In the drop-down menu that appears, select ‘delete photo.’
Facebook will warn you that this will delete the post. If you don’t care about losing the post with the photo, click ‘Delete’ to finalize the process.
Removing an Image or Video Someone Else Uploaded
If someone else uploaded images or videos of you, you’d have to rely on Facebook’s other removal options.
Your best chance is to directly report the image or video to Facebook as a violation of your privacy. You can use this Facebook form to report any media you’ve encountered that violates your privacy.
Fill out the form with the most relevant information to your situation, and ensure you have collected the URL of the image or video.
PLEASE NOTE: Misuse of this form could result in your account and IP address being banned by Facebook. Please ensure that all the information you provide on this form is as accurate as possible.
You may also want to try to report the images or videos on Facebook using Facebook’s reporting tool. More about that here.
How to Remove Profiles from Facebook
Removing a fraudulent profile from Facebook can be difficult. Facebook has a lot of users but nowhere near enough staff to cover them all. Getting a response from the company can be incredibly difficult.
If your account is hacked and you’ve exhausted all other options, deleting the account is a good last resort. Removing your hacked account is the same as removing a fraudulent account.
You can use Facebook’s ‘report an imposter account’ form to have the account removed. Go to the form page, and fill in the form to match the picture below.
You should be aware that you’ll need to upload a copy of your ID to remove the profile successfully. This is to prove that you’re not trying to have someone else’s account deleted.
We can help
Getting Facebook to delete images and profiles can be tough. As mentioned above, the company does not have a great track record in customer service.
One of our removal sessions can help you to get online profiles, images, and videos removed.
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