How To Remove Unwanted Pictures From Facebook

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Facebook has connected millions of people around the world. But that connection comes with a price. Using the service sacrifices your privacy, and leaves you vulnerable to abuse and harassment.

So what if someone posts a picture of you on Facebook that you don’t want online? Here are the best ways to remove that picture from Facebook.

1. Ask The Poster To Remove the Image

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You can usually find the ‘send message’ button at the top of a page on the right-hand side. | Source: W.S.Worrall

In lots of cases, people or groups don’t intend harm when posting an image to Facebook. Local clubs, music venues, and event pages will usually remove pictures if you ask them to. Visit the page in question, click ‘send message’, and ask them politely to remove your image.

If the company or person you’re dealing with is reasonable, then they should remove the post or offer to blur your face out of it.

2. Reporting The Image To Facebook

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Facebook includes the option to report a post as sharing a private image. | Source: W.S.Worrall

Facebook includes an option to report the sharing of private images. On the photo in question click the triple-dot icon, then click ‘Find support or report post’. Next, click on the ‘something else’ bubble, and scroll down to ‘sharing private images’, hitting send to confirm your report.

In a lot of cases, Facebook will review and remove a reported image within a few days to a week if the report is genuine. You can also go to your support inbox to keep up-to-date with the current state of any reports you happen to have made.

3. Contacting the Authorities

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While police won’t prioritize many online cases, in serious circumstances they should be your first point of contact. | Source: West Mercia Police

Facebook does not provide a way to directly contact them. With over 2 billion users on the site, the volume of direct contact this would lead to would overwhelm their services. In the case of serious harassment or the posting of highly sensitive information, your best bet is to contact your local authorities.

Firstly, you should document the post itself. Take a screenshot of it and of the account that has shared it, including possible contact details. That way when the authorities get involved you will have proof that the post existed if the abuser deletes it. Then you should find either an email address or telephone number for the section of your local law enforcement that deals with online harassment and abuse.

If all else fails, you can contact us and we’ll fight to get your unwanted pictures removed from social media.

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