Is Your Explicit Image Out There?

Information, resources, and tools to help you remove sexual pictures and videos from the internet.

Expand the sections below to learn how to report sexually explicit images or videos to each platform type.

Is your explicit image out there?
Canadian Centre for Child Protection

A special thanks to the Canadian Center for Child Protection for generously sharing this content. 

Mobile Instructions
    • Tap (☰) at the top right corner of the page.
    • Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap “Report a Problem”.
    • Select a product (i.e. “Profile”, “Photos”, or “Pages”) from the list provided in the drop-down menu.
    • In the “What went wrong?” text box, include Your age, that you are the person in the image/video, that you did not agree to it being posted, and if you sent that image/video to someone else.
    • You have the option to attach a screenshot of the reported content. Of note: If the picture/video being reported contains individuals under the age of 18 whose sexual organs are visible and/or who are engaged in sexual activity, we suggest that you do NOT screen capture this content.
    • Tap “Submit”.

Desktop Instructions
    • Click on the picture you would like to report. Scroll to the bottom of the picture and click “Options”.
    • Select “Report photo” or “I don’t like this photo”.
    • If applicable, click “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook”.
    • Click “Continue”.
    • Select the most appropriate category from the options provided (i.e. “This is nudity or pornography”) and click “Continue”.
       • Click “Submit to Facebook for Review”.

For complaints about content (pictures, videos) posted on an individual’s Facebook profile:
    • Click the ‘…’ on the bottom right corner of the person’s profile picture which also includes a drop-down menu (next to the “Message” button).
    • Select “Report”.
    • Continue by selecting “Report this profile”. Click “Continue”.
    • Select the most appropriate response (i.e. “They’re sharing inappropriate or offensive posts”). Click “Continue”.
    • Select the most appropriate category (i.e. “Nudity and pornography”). Click “Continue”.
    • Select whether you would like to contact the user or unfriend the individual. Click the box “Submit to Facebook for Review”.

Facebook DCMA Report:
    • Access https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/1409697672616547
    • Click “I found content which I believe violates my copyright”
    • Read the information provided by Facebook
    • If you wish to move forward, fill out the information requested of you by Facebook. 

Mobile/Desktop Instructions

For complaints regarding pictures/videos posted on Twitter:

• Access https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser.
• Select the most appropriate option regarding how you are involved (i.e. “Directed at me”).
• Select the most appropriate type of complaint (e.g. “Harassment” or “Specific violent threats involving physical safety or well-being”).
• Complete the form, including providing a link to the content, the individual’s username, Twitter username, and email address in the appropriate fields.
• Fill out the questionnaire based on information about the reported content.
• In the field marked “Further description of problem”, provide the information outlined in the four points above.
• Tap “Submit”.

For complaints regarding child pornography content:

• Access https://support.twitter.com/forms/cse.
• Select the most appropriate option regarding how you are involved (i.e. “Directed at me”).
• Complete the form, including providing a link to the content, the individual’s username, and YOUR email address.
• In the field marked “Anything else?”, provide the information outlined in the four points above.
• Tap “Submit”.

You can also make a complaint regarding child pornography content by sending an email to cp@twitter.com and include the link to the profile and links to any relevant tweets displaying the content. Also include information such as your name, current age, age at the time the image was taken, that you are the person in the image/video, that you did not post it, did not agree to it being posted and want it removed, and if the image was sent to someone else.
 

Mobile/Desktop Instructions

To make a complaint about a picture on Instagram:
• Access this page to begin.
• Select the most appropriate category (i.e. “Photo or video”).
• Next, select the most appropriate type of complaint (i.e. “Nudity or pornography” or “Self-harm or suicide”).
• Select whether you have an Instagram account or not. Of note: If choosing “No”, you will be required to fill in additional details.
• Complete the remainder of the form. In the text box, include the information outlined in the four points above.
• Tap “Send”.

To make a complaint regarding a user threatening to post sexual images on Instagram:
• Access this page to begin.
• Complete the form to report photos, videos, comments, or profiles on Instagram that are bullying or harassing others by selecting the most appropriate options.
• Provide as much detail as possible, including the Instagram username of the user you’d like to report as well as any other information that may help the service review your complaint.
• Tap “Send”.

Instagram Copyright Infringement (DMCA):
• Access https://help.instagram.com/454951664593304?helpref=breadcrumb for more information.
 

Mobile/Desktop Instructions

Removing Images from Google Image Results:

Pictures that appear on Google image results are actually hosted by a different service (i.e. not Google). In order to remove a nude or sexually explicit image or video has been shared without your consent and is appearing in Google search results,

1. Determine where the picture is displayed:
    • Click the picture in the Google search results to view the full image
    • Click “View Image”. This will provide the website address for the picture. Information about the website where the picture is displayed can be found within the website address for the picture. For example, if the website address for the picture is http://www.websitedomain.us/imageinformation.jpeg, the site where the picture is displayed would be http://www.websitedomain.us.
    • Access this website and look for information about how to contact the provider to request the removal of your picture/video.

2. Contact the provider:
    • Include your age: It is important to tell them if you are a child/youth. Include your age at the time the picture/video was taken as well as your current age.
    • Say that you are the person in the picture/video: If you are recognizable in the picture/video, include this as well – this may give your report a higher priority.
    • Say that you did not post the picture/video, did not agree to it being posted and want it removed: They need to know that you object to the continued posting of the picture/video.
    • Let them know if you sent the picture/video to someone else: Include those names as most providers set out rules for the type of content that can be posted and those who break the rules may be prevented from posting content in the future.

3. Submit a request to Google to remove the content
    • Access this page to begin.
    • Select the appropriate responses (i.e. “Remove information you see in a Google Search”).
    • Provide URLs and contact information

Dealing with cached website content:

Once a picture/video has been removed from a website, the content may continue to appear in Google search results. This happens because Google takes a snapshot of each page and caches (stores) that version. It may take some time for Google to revisit the webpage to update its cache which is why your picture may continue to show up in Google results even though it’s been removed from the website.

Submit a request to Google to have a cached page removed:
    • Access this page to begin.
    • Select “Remove outdated content” and follow the directions provided by Google.
 

Mobile Instructions

• Sign in to the service using your username and password.
• Flag the video as inappropriate by tapping the flag icon located below the video, to the right.
• Tap “OK”.
• Select the reason you are flagging the video (i.e. “Sexual Content”).
• Tap “Flag This Video”.

Desktop Instructions

• Sign in using your YouTube username and password.
• Flag the video as inappropriate by clicking the link “••• More” located below the video and click “Report”.
• Select the most appropriate issue from the options provided (i.e. “Sexual content”).
• Select the most appropriate category from the list provided (i.e. “Content involving minors”).
• Enter the specific time for where the content you are reporting is located within the video (e.g. if the content you’re concerned about appears at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, enter 15:30). If you are concerned about the entire video, enter the length of the video.
• In the text box, provide the information outlined in the four points above.
• Click “Submit”.

A YouTube privacy complaint may also be submitted when:

• Your image is shown
• Full legal name is shown
• Your voice is being broadcasted
• Your child is shown

How to Submit a Privacy complaint to YouTube:

• Access https://support.google.com/youtube/contact/privacy2/
• Enter your contact information and select the most appropriate responses *the uploader of the content will receive the complaint from YouTube; your name and/or contact information will not be provided to the uploader without your consent
 

The process for removing content on mobile and desktop is the same.

To make a complaint about a picture on Imgur:

• Access http://imgur.com/removalrequest
• Provide the Full Image or Album URL and a detailed reason why the images should be removed (i.e. nude or sexually explicit photo or video of you that has been shared without your consent).
• Hit “Submit”.

Imgur DMCA:
• Access http://imgur.com/tos#dmca for additional information
 

Removing Images from Bing Image Results:

Pictures that appear on Bing image results are actually hosted by a different service (i.e. not Bing). In order to remove pictures that appear in Bing image results:

1. Determine where the picture is displayed:
• Click the picture in the Bing search results to view the full image
• Click “...” .
• Select “View source image”: This will provide the website address for the picture. Information about the website where the picture is displayed can be found within the website address for the picture. For example, if the website address for the picture is http://www.websitedomain.us/imageinformation.jpeg, the site where the picture is displayed would be http://www.websitedomain.us
• Access this website and look for information about how to contact the provider to request the removal of your picture/video.

2. Contact the provider:
• Include your age: It is important to tell them if you are a child/youth. Include your age at the time the picture/video was taken as well as your current age.
• Say that you are the person in the picture/video: If you are recognizable in the picture/video, include this as well – this may give your report a higher priority.
• Say that you did not post the picture/video, did not agree to it being posted and want it removed: They need to know that you object to the continued posting of the picture/video.
• Let them know if you sent the picture/video to someone else: Include those names as most providers set out rules for the type of content that can be posted and those who break the rules may be prevented from posting content in the future.

Cached content on Bing:

If the content has already been removed by the host (404) but is still displaying on the Bing Image Results, you may submit a Page Removal Request.

Steps to Submit a Page Removal Request
• Access http://www.bing.com/webmaster/tools/content-removal and sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID)
• In the Content URL input box, enter the exact URL you found in the Bing web results (for example, by using Copy Shortcut/Copy Link Address functionality in your browser)
• In the Removal Type drop-down menu select Page Removal
• Click Submit

When you click submit, Microsoft will run a check whether the page is actually no longer available on the web. If that is the case, Microsoft will submit the request and add it the Submission History table. However, if Microsoft detects that the page is still live on the web they will prompt that you can only submit an outdated cache removal.


Removal of Images or Videos from Other Microsoft Products (OneDrive, Xbox Live):

To request removal of nude or sexually explicit photo or video of you that has been shared without your consent:
• Access this page to begin.
• Complete the form, including providing your name, a link to the content, and your email address.
• Select the most appropriate response to listed questions (i.e. “have you ever agreed to the distribution of the photo or video?”).
 

Mobile/Desktop Instructions

For complaints regarding pictures/videos posted on Tumblr:
• Access https://www.tumblr.com/abuse/privacy
• Select the most appropriate response to what was posted (i.e. “private images of me have been posted”).
• Provide the URL of the post containing the image/video, or private information, your name and email address.

Tumblr also requires ‘Proof of Identity’ such as a picture of your photo ID.

 

For Tumblr Copyright Infringement (DMCA):
• Access https://www.tumblr.com/dmca for additional information.