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What Happens When You Report a Post on Facebook?

There can be a lot of inappropriate content on Facebook. Find out what happens next whenever you report a post on this popular social network.

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Reporting Posts on Facebook
In addition to worrying about your Facebook account being hacked, you also have to worry about inappropriate content on the site. Luckily, Facebook has a feature that allows you to easily and quickly report inappropriate content, such as pornography or abusive speech. But what happens after you report a post?

After a Facebook post is reported as inappropriate, it is then sent to Facebook for evaluation. If the post doesn’t abide by Facebook’s Community Standards, then the post will be removed. Facebook has restrictions on nudity, hate speech, and violent and graphic content; they also strive to protect intellectual property rights. You can view a complete list of the Facebook Community Standards on their website.

Whenever you report a post, your report will remain anonymous, even if Facebook contacts the person responsible for the inappropriate content. However, just because you report a post to Facebook, doesn’t mean that the post will be removed. If you didn’t like a particular post, that is not enough of a reason for the post to be removed. Further, the number of times that a post is reported doesn’t influence the decision to remove it.

That said, if a friend of yours posts something that you personally find offensive, such as a photo or a status that doesn’t violate the Facebook Community Standards, then you can send them a private message requesting that they remove the offensive post. You can also choose to block that person.

If you’re curious about the status of your report, you can receive an update from Facebook’s Support Inbox. From here you can learn more about Facebook’s policies, find out whether or not they made a decision on your report, and cancel the report if desired.