Social networks like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok have the power to reach billions of people and make connections. But there’s also a dark side rife with cyberbullying, hate speech or other abusive behavior that can have real-world consequences.
Young people who have been cyberbullied are twice as likely to harm themselves or attempt suicide, according to a 2018 study. One in three young people say they’ve been the target of cyberbullying, the study said.
Likewise, 73% of adults say they’ve witnessed online harassment and 40% reporting being the target themselves, according to the Pew Research Center, a situation that can cause. Online hate groups can use these social platforms to organize ways to bring .
Here’s how you can anonymously report harassment online.
You can report inappropriate content that goes against YouTube’s safety policies.
Reporting a video, thumbnail, comment or a live chat message
Reporting a channel
If you have a different reason for reporting that isn’t on the list, you can report abuse to YouTube with your exact reason.
You can report a photo or post, a group or a message in Facebook Messenger. You can also alert Facebook if someone threatens you.
Reporting a photo or post
Twitter now has a calendar for tackling abuse and trolls
Reporting a group
Reporting a message in Messenger app
You can report a tweet or an entire account.
Reporting a tweet
Reporting someone’s account
Posts, profiles, stories, comments and messages are all potential areas for online abuse.
Reporting a post, profile or story
Reporting a comment
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Reporting a message
You can also send a report to Instagram.
The video-focused social network especially appeals to young people.
Reporting an account or a chat
Reporting a comment
Reporting a video
Nudity, hate speech and threats are some of your reporting options.
Reporting a Snap or Story
Reporting a user
If you’re the target of online hate, don’t just block the messages. Instead, take action and let someone know what’s going on. Call 911 if someone is threatening to harm you. If you’re having suicidal thoughts due to the bullying, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or call 1-800-273-8255.
Originally published May 13.