What To Do If You Encounter Revenge Porn

Nowadays it is fairly common for people to share intimate photos of themselves with the assumption that the images are in safe hands. Unfortunately, by the time they realize this is not the case, it is often too late.

Revenge porn is the distribution of sexually graphic images of people without their consent. It doesn’t matter whether the image was originally given consensually or not. Due to the quickness an image can be spread on social media, the consequences of such an action can be very troublesome for the victim. If the graphic stays on the web long enough, it can even show up in a search engine when typing the victim’s name.

Luckily, there are many states that have laws to make this action a crime. Under Utah’s Anti-Pornography law 76-5b-203, it is classified as a misdemeanor.

How to Report and Stop Revenge Porn

Facebook

At the top right section of the post, click on the down arrow and click on the ‘Report Photo’ or ‘Report Post’ option. Once a photo is flagged, an employee at Facebook gets alerted and decides whether it violates Facebook’s policies. If the image is considered inappropriate, it gets removed and the user who posted it may have their account suspended. Recently, Facebook made updates with artificial intelligence tools that can help ensure that a photo that was flagged never gets reposted.

Instagram

Click on the image and look for the three dots that are either at the top or bottom of the post. Click on that and ‘Report Inappropriate.’

Twitter

Once logged into your account, click on the down arrow in the top right section of the post and select ‘Report Tweet.’

Make sure you have a talk with your children so they know how to report it. Also, make sure to stay away from commenting or reacting using any of the sad or angry icons to any inappropriate post since more engagement means more people will see it. And of course, always think twice before taking any inappropriate photo that you don't want the whole world seeing.