Facebook is one of the most important social media platforms of the modern age and is often viewed as a pioneer in its field. While the company has faced numerous setbacks due to its advertising and privacy policies, it does offer its users the option to report content that does not comply with community guidelines.
This also applies to any objectionable pages that you may want to remove from the platform. Facebook reviews every report and takes action immediately. Let’s see how to tag pages on Facebook.
How do I report a Facebook page?
Reporting a Facebook Page is a pretty straightforward process no matter what device you’re using. Depending on your device, use one of the following guides to get started.
Report a Facebook Page on Desktop
- Open Facebook in your desktop browser and log into your account. Now go to the page you want to report.
- Now click on the menu symbol “3 dots” next to the share symbol under your cover picture.
- Select Find Support Or Report Page.
- Now select the type of problem you want to report on the page. Depending on your choice, Facebook will ask you for additional information and may even ask you to submit a detailed report.
- After choosing your options, click “Next” in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Note: You can also select “Report Page” after submitting your support request to add additional details about any community rules that the current page violates.
- Your request will now be sent to Facebook, and the moderators will take appropriate action based on the request when they review your report.
Report a Facebook Page on Mobile using a Browser
- Open Facebook in your mobile browser and navigate to the page you want to report to Facebook.
- Now tap on the “3 dots” menu icon next to the “Messenger” icon.
Select Find Support Or Report Page.
- Choose the reason you are marking the page.
- At the bottom of the screen, tap Next.
- Your report will now be sent to Facebook, and the company will take action against the page after a moderator reviews your report.
For mobile users using the Facebook app
- Open the Facebook app and navigate to the page you want to report.
- Tap the menu icon “3 dots” under the cover picture.
- Select Find Support Or Report Page.
- Now select the appropriate reason that best suits your complaint.
- When you’re done, tap Next at the bottom of the screen.
- Your report will now be sent to Facebook.
What happens when you mark a page on Facebook?
Once you submit a report to Facebook, a ticket will be generated for your request, and the report will be queued for your review. Once your number is received, a moderator will review your report. Several factors are considered in this report that will not be disclosed to the public. However, avid users and former Facebook employees have revealed some criteria that significantly impact the review of reports of violations of community guidelines. Let’s look at them.
- Page age
- Owner information available on the site
- History of advertising
- Advertising ID
- Publication/post history
- Previous reports
- Community region
- Geographical position
- target group
- Publish content
- History of past content
- Associated Pages
and further. The list is long, but these are some of the main factors when deciding on a Facebook Page permission. Violations of several of these guidelines will result in the site and its associated account being suspended indefinitely.
Why should you report pages to Facebook?
There could be several reasons why you might not want certain content on Facebook. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Facebook strictly adheres to.
- It can be disgusting, harassing, spam, and derogatory. Facebook has strict guidelines for such content, and you should mark these pages each time you visit.
- It encourages hate speech against a specific group in a society based on caste, religion, ethnicity, skin color, gender, etc.
- Scam people by selling counterfeit products or services.
- The page is asking for money in exchange for arbitrary services that are never performed.
- The page masquerades as someone or an organization.
- The page has a fake charity.
- The page sends phishing links and advertises dangerous websites.
- The page publishes influential political content without any authority or permission.
How Long Will it Take Facebook to take Action on the Page?
Before COVID-19, the action was taken relatively quickly, and most reports were responded to within 48 hours. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the pandemic has reduced the number of moderation staff Facebook currently has available. And since more than half of the employees work from home, the deadlines for replying to the reports submitted have been extended dramatically.
Facebook will notify you of this delay as soon as you send a report to Facebook support. Once submitted, it can take anywhere from 48 hours to a week for Facebook to respond to your request.
However, you can check your support inbox and find a ticket number for your submitted report. You can also check the status of a specific report. This can be helpful when you want to remove personal information or photos from Facebook properties.
How many reports does Facebook need to take action?
Typically, Facebook needs around ten reports to take immediate action on each page. If there are more than ten reports, the highlighted page will be placed in the priority queue for Facebook support. Although a moderator individually reviews these ten minimum reports before the page is placed in the priority queue.
How does Facebook handle reports?
Facebook processes most reports individually. These reports are prioritized based on the policies that the page or user is violating. Facebook makes identity theft and misrepresentation a top priority as it can help avoid legal repercussions in real life.
Facebook also responds immediately to reports of hate speech, harassment, and fraud to prevent its users from being harmed. Reports of “dislikes” or “personal distrust” are treated passively and checked for authenticity. Facebook will then confirm these reports with previous reports to determine the future’s required course of action.