It is against Facebook’s Community Standards to threaten or force people to share intimate photos or videos. In some instances, it’s also against the law. You can report the people threatening you, their threats and any images they’ve shared. Contact local law enforcement if you’re concerned about your physical safety.
What are some common types of Sextortion and Blackmail?
Sextortion can happen in many forms and types, so make sure to stay away from these which are
- Webcam blackmail
- Online blackmail
- Spreading nude pictures
- Web sextortion
- Blackmailing with private videos
They are some of the methods a blackmailer tries on their victim.
How to prevent and handle a Blackmailing and Sextortion?
To prevent a Sextortion and Blackmailing wisely, we will discuss some points that can do
- If someone asks you to share something that makes you uncomfortable just to say no, even if you’ve already shared something with them, or someone else, before.
- Talk to a close friend, teacher, counsellor or parent. Sextortion is terrible, and people going through it are usually pretty scared to tell their friends.
- You can report the people threatening you, their threats and any images they’ve shared.
- Never share anyone’s pictures or videos without their consent
- Keep the records and take screenshots of things the blackmailer sends you, it will be really helpful in legal actions.
- Before these situations rise, make sure you understand the laws and your school policies around reporting.
How to Report Sextortion and Blackmailing on Facebook?
Sextortion can be terrifyingly embarrassing. Unfortunately, many sextortion victims are hesitant to report sextortion or reach out to others to seek help because they are genuinely mortified and terrified of whatever judgment of them they feel would result.
Before proceeding, we recommend you to save screenshots of your conversation with the perpetrator as well as their contact information. Sextortionists & Blackmailers on Facebook.
Where to report Sextortion and Blackmailing on Facebook?
If you found that the Facebook account is fake or the sextortionist pretending to be a opposite gender, you can report the account as fake.
To report a fake Facebook account:
- Navigate to the profile of the fake account.
- Click under the cover photo and select ‘Find Support’ or ‘Report Profile’.
- Follow the on-screen instructions for fake accounts to file a report.
Steps to Take after reporting the account on Facebook
- Remain calm
- Do not give anything Blackmailer demand
- Maximize all he privacy restrictions on Facebook
Facebook settings to use to protect you from future Blackmailing
You can view and change your privacy settings at any time. To view and adjust your privacy settings-
- Go to the Settings and privacy
- Then click on Settings
- Click Privacy in the left column
- After that click on Profile Lock and tap on Lock your Profile
You can also report the crime to your local Cyber crime complaint center.. This may also prevent further harm to others.