In the digital age, the internet has brought about countless benefits, from connecting people across continents to providing instant access to vast amounts of information. However, it has also given rise to new forms of harassment and abuse, one of which is sextortion. Recognizing the trauma and distress caused by the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, Social Media Matters has launched a comprehensive "Toolkit Against Sextortion" to empower and assist victims.
The toolkit, available on the Social Media Matters website, is a testament to the organization's commitment to online safety. It provides a step-by-step guide for victims on how to report and remove non-consensual intimate content from various online platforms.
Facebook: The toolkit offers detailed instructions on how to report explicit content on Facebook. Victims can hover over the photo or video they wish to report, select the appropriate options, and submit the report to Facebook for review. Additionally, the platform provides options to message the poster, unfriend them, or seek help from trusted individuals.
Instagram: On Instagram, users can report posts or profiles that violate the platform's community guidelines. The process involves tapping on the three dots above or below the post, selecting "Report," and following the on-screen instructions. The toolkit emphasizes that reporting remains anonymous, ensuring the safety of the victim.
Twitter: For content on Twitter, the toolkit guides users on how to report tweets containing private information or unauthorized photos. By navigating to the offending tweet and selecting the "Report" option, users can provide more information about the incident and submit their report.
Reddit: On Reddit, the toolkit advises users to click the "comments" link under the post, report it by typing "Involuntary Pornography" as the reason, and then send the URL of the comments page to a designated email address for further action.
Tumblr: For Tumblr users, the toolkit provides two methods for reporting non-consensual content. Users can either flag the post while logged in on the dashboard or report the content via Tumblr's Privacy Violation Form.
Snapchat: Recognizing the popularity of Snapchat, especially among younger users, the toolkit offers guidance on how to report abusive content on the platform. Users can press and hold a Snapchatter's name, tap the report button, and select the appropriate reporting option.
WhatsApp: Given the private nature of WhatsApp, the toolkit emphasizes the importance of reporting problematic content from within the app. Users can open the chat, tap on the contact or group name, and select the "Report" option.
In addition to these platforms, the toolkit covers a wide range of other online platforms, including Google, Bing, YouTube, ShareChat, and more. Each section provides meticulous instructions, ensuring that victims have the resources they need to take action.
The "Toolkit Against Sextortion" by Social Media Matters is a beacon of hope for victims of online harassment. It not only provides practical solutions but also sends a powerful message: victims are not alone, and there are tools and resources available to help them reclaim their online space.
For those facing such challenges, the toolkit is an invaluable resource. It empowers individuals, ensuring they have the knowledge and means to stand up against online abuse and sextortion.
Here is the complete toolkit.
Toolkit Against Sextortion: Empowering Victims
Social Media Matters Online Safety