What happens when you report someone on Instagram

Instagram has a strict policy to eliminate harassment, violence, abuse, spam, and hate speech. Now that Instagram has millions of daily active users, it is almost impossible for them to filter all the content on the platform. The Company relies on users to report such accounts, posts, and comments. Here’s how you can report someone on Instagram and an Instagram reporting feature FAQ.

How to report someone on Instagram

There are three ways to report someone on Instagram. Maybe you came across a fake account, an abusive comment or an inappropriate post; you can easily report it to Instagram to investigate the problem.

1. Report an Instagram account

Follow the steps below to report an Instagram account.

Step 1: If you come across a fake account on Instagram, you can open the main account menu in the app.

2nd step: Once you have opened the account, tap on the three-dot menu at the top.

Step 3: Select Report from the bottom menu.

Step 4: Tap the Report account and choose one of the relevant reasons to report an account on Instagram.

Once you report an account, it will no longer appear for you. You can tap the View Profile button and check the contents of the account.

2. Report a comment

If you’re tired of abusive replies or spam in the comments section of your post, you can selectively report the account to Instagram. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the comments section of the post.

2nd step: Swipe left on a comment you want to report.

Step 3: Select the report icon and tap the Report this comment option from the bottom menu.

Step 4: Instagram will ask why the comment was flagged. Select a relevant reason and report it.

It can be anything – fake news, bullying, illegal advice, hate speech, etc.

3. Report an Instagram post

Have you come across a publication selling illegal products or spreading false information to subscribers? You can report the post directly.

Step 1: Tap the three-dot menu next to an Instagram post.

2nd step: Select Report and choose a reason to report it.

What happens when you report someone on Instagram

Once you report an Instagram post, account, or comment, the company will receive the notification and investigate your complaint. Instagram will review your report as a priority if several others are also reporting the same thing. You can ask your followers to report a problematic account or post.

Once Instagram validates your report, it will take appropriate action to limit the reach of the account/post. Instagram may ban or deactivate the reported account or post.

Can anyone know if you reported it on Instagram

When you report someone on Instagram, your report and the reason for your report remain anonymous. Instagram does not share these details with the reported account. They will only get the reason for blocking the social network account.

Will the reported account be banned?

Instagram takes a strong stance on these reports. If your reason for reporting an account, post or comment is legitimate, Instagram will take action and deactivate or ban the account.

What happens if someone reports you on Instagram for no reason

If you haven’t broken Instagram’s guidelines, you don’t have to worry about someone else reporting you on the social network. Instagram will review your flagged comment or message, and if the team finds nothing inappropriate, you won’t have to do anything.

What to do if I accidentally reported the wrong account on Instagram

If you accidentally reported someone on Instagram, you don’t have to worry about Instagram banning or blocking the account. The Company will not find any issues with the reported account, post, or comment, and it will not take any action against the account owner.

There is no way to unreport on Instagram.

Instagram Restrict vs Report: What’s the Difference

When you limit someone on Instagram, the app blocks the person’s ability to comment on your post or check recently uploaded posts. We have a dedicated article on what happens when you limit someone on Instagram. Read it to dispel the confusion.

Make Instagram a better place

While Instagram wants to attract millions of users to the platform, it also wants to remove spam and hateful content. If you come across such accounts, you can report them to Instagram. Wait for the company to take action, and in the meantime, you can ask your followers, friends, and family to report the same account.

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