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How to Report Violations, Ethical issues, Fraud cases on Facebook

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Reporting a Violation

How to Report Violations
Pornography, hate speech, threats, graphic violence, bullying, and spam are not allowed on Facebook. Please note that we will only remove content that vio...
Pornography, hate speech, threats, graphic violence, bullying, and spam are not allowed on Facebook. Please note that we will only remove content that violates the Facebook Terms. For information about what we allow and don't allow on Facebook, please read our Community Standards.

To submit a report, find the report link that is nearest to what you want to report.
Other tools for addressing abuse


Our community is diverse, and it's possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without the criteria for being removed or blocked. For this reason, we also offer tools to give you more control over what you see.
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Someone who does not have an account can submit an inquiry here. Please copy and send the link below to anyone who does not have a Facebook account and ne...
Someone who does not have an account can submit an inquiry here. Please copy and send the link below to anyone who does not have a Facebook account and needs to report a violation on the site:
    https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=221047557939568
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If you think something on Facebook violates our Community Standards, you can file a report. The best way to report abuse on Facebook is to use the Report...
If you think something on Facebook violates our Community Standards, you can file a report. The best way to report abuse on Facebook is to use the Report link next to the abusive content. Learn more about reporting.

If you're unable to use a report link because you don't have a Facebook account or you can't see whatever you're trying to report, please file a report here.
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Fake profiles (timelines) created to imitate real people (impostor accounts) are not allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretending to be...
Fake profiles (timelines) created to imitate real people (impostor accounts) are not allowed on Facebook.

If someone created an account pretending to be you:
  1. Go to the profile (timeline)
  2. Click the and then select Report/Block
  3. Check the box next to Report this profile (timeline)
  4. Click This person is pretending to be someone
  5. Select Me from the drop-down menu
  6. Click Continue
  7. Add a description for why you're reporting the profile (timeline)
  8. Check the box next to I confirm that this report is correct
  9. Click Continue to submit your report


If someone created a Facebook profile (timeline) pretending to be you and you don't have a Facebook account, please file a report here.
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Fake profiles (timelines) created to imitate real people (impostor profiles/timelines) are not allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretendi...
Fake profiles (timelines) created to imitate real people (impostor profiles/timelines) are not allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretending to be one of your friends, please tell your friend to report this to us. Here's how:

If they have an account: If they don't have a Facebook account: Note that we can only act on reports from the person who's being impersonated.
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If you come across an account that violates Facebook's Terms: Go to the profile (timeline)Click the and then select Report/BlockChoose a reason for your...
If you come across an account that violates Facebook's Terms:
  1. Go to the profile (timeline)
  2. Click the and then select Report/Block
  3. Choose a reason for your report (ex: This profile (timeline) is pretending to be someone or is fake)
  4. Choose a report type, if prompted
  5. Click Continue to submit your report


We don't allow accounts that:
  • Pretend to be you or someone else
  • Use your photos
  • List a fake name
  • Don't represent a real person (fake accounts)
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Click the gear menu in the top right side of the timeline you'd like to report. Choose the "Report/Block" option to report the account to Facebook. Lear...
Click the gear menu in the top right side of the timeline you'd like to report. Choose the "Report/Block" option to report the account to Facebook.

Learn more about how to report different types of content.
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To report a spammy post: Hover over the post Click the arrow menu or the that appears in the top right of the post Select Report post or spam To report...
To report a spammy post:
  1. Hover over the post
  2. Click the arrow menu or the that appears in the top right of the post
  3. Select Report post or spam
To report a photo or video as spam:
  1. Click on the photo or video
  2. Click Report This Photo or Report Video
  3. Choose Spam or Scam and click Continue to complete your report
If your account is sending spam, reset your password.

If you think the person posting the spam was hacked, tell them to visit the Security Section of the Help Center for help.

If someone is repeatedly posting something you think is spam, consider unfriending, blocking, or reporting that person.
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We have a strict "no nudity or pornography" policy. Any content that is inappropriately sexual will be removed. To submit a report and help Facebook loca...
We have a strict "no nudity or pornography" policy. Any content that is inappropriately sexual will be removed.

To submit a report and help Facebook locate specific content, please find the report link that is nearest to the pornography.

Learn more about how to locate report links.
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If you see an objectionable advertisement and the web address (URL) in your browser window begins with "http://apps.facebook.com/", this is most likely an...
If you see an objectionable advertisement and the web address (URL) in your browser window begins with "http://apps.facebook.com/", this is most likely an advertisement running within an external app and not through Facebook. However, Facebook believes that ads are most effective when they are relevant and meet user expectations for a valuable and trusted experience.

Facebook is committed to providing the best user experience possible and we continue to investigate ads that violate our policies. We also encourage developers and ad networks to maintain high quality apps and advertising practices and may take further action against developers who host ads that violate our policy.

If you have confirmed that the advertisement is running within an external app, you can report this to the developer by going to the app's Page and clicking Contact Developer in the gear menu, or by clicking Report/Contact this App in the lower right corner of any page within the app on Facebook. You will then see an option to contact the developer directly.

If the advertisement is on Facebook, learn how to report it.
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We want our members to feel safe on Facebook. Any credible threats to harm others will be removed. We may also remove support for violent organizations. T...
We want our members to feel safe on Facebook. Any credible threats to harm others will be removed. We may also remove support for violent organizations.

To submit a report and help Facebook locate the content, please find the report link that is nearest to the threatening content.

Learn more about how to locate report links.
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To report an app while you're using it on Facebook, click Report/Contact this App in the lower right corner of any page. If you haven't installed the app...
To report an app while you're using it on Facebook, click Report/Contact this App in the lower right corner of any page.

If you haven't installed the app, you can also click Report a Problem from the gear menu on the app's page.
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Facebook does not tolerate hate speech. While we encourage the discussion of ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation of our...
Facebook does not tolerate hate speech. While we encourage the discussion of ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation of our terms to single out individuals based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or disease.

To submit a report and help Facebook locate specific content, please find the report link that is nearest to the hateful content.

Find the right report link.
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How to Address Abuse
There are several ways to control who can send you messages. One way is to block the sender. Even if the person is a friend of your friends, he or she wi...
There are several ways to control who can send you messages. One way is to block the sender. Even if the person is a friend of your friends, he or she will no longer be able to contact you or see your information. If you need to, you can report messages.
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Only your confirmed friends can contact you through chat. If you're uncomfortable with a chat conversation, you can unfriend that person. If necessary, yo...
Only your confirmed friends can contact you through chat. If you're uncomfortable with a chat conversation, you can unfriend that person. If necessary, you can also block the person from contacting you.
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You can report an abusive post to Facebook for review. We also suggest that you block the person by listing his or her name in the Blocking People sectio...
You can report an abusive post to Facebook for review.
We also suggest that you block the person by listing his or her name in the Blocking People section at the bottom of the Privacy Settings page. If this does not resolve the problem, please report this person:
  1. Go to their profile (timeline)
  2. Click the button
  3. Choose Report/Block
Visit Facebook's Family Safety Center for more information, tools and resources.
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Have your friend report this person using the Report/Block link located in the on the top of every profile (timeline). If this person is pretending to b...
Have your friend report this person using the Report/Block link located in the on the top of every profile (timeline).

If this person is pretending to be you, learn more about reporting impostor accounts.
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To take the post off your Wall, click the "X" that appears on the right side of the post. You'll get a pop-up box that asks if you want to hide all posts...
To take the post off your Wall, click the "X" that appears on the right side of the post. You'll get a pop-up box that asks if you want to hide all posts from this person or just this post. We now also have a system that allows you to give friends feedback on content that you don't like. This will not generate a report to Facebook. To let your friend know you don't like something they posted:
  1. Use the Report link and select "I don't like this post."
  2. Select "Send a message" and ask your friend to remove the post.

Visit Facebook's Family Safety Center for more information, tools and resources.

If you've upgraded to timeline, the new profile, get help here.
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On a PC With the content you want to save displayed on your screen:Click the Print Screen button. (This button is located in different places. On many com...
On a PC
With the content you want to save displayed on your screen:
  1. Click the Print Screen button. (This button is located in different places. On many computers you'll find it in the upper right corner.)
  2. Open Microsoft Paint: Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint.
  3. Click anywhere on the white part of the screen.
  4. In the Edit menu at the top of your screen, select Paste.
  5. Select File > Save As.
  6. From the Save As menu in the pop-up box, select JPG.
  7. Type in a filename for your image, choose a location on your hard drive to save to — many people choose the Desktop — and click Save.

On a MAC
With the content you want to save is displayed on your screen:
  1. Simultaneously hold down the three keys: ⌘ Shift and 4.
  2. Press the spacebar. A camera icon will appear.
  3. Tap the touchpad to take the picture. It should appear on your desktop as a file named Picture 1.
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Special Types of Reports
Memorializing the account: It is our policy to memorialize all deceased users' accounts on the site. When an account is memorialized, only confirmed friend...
Memorializing the account:
It is our policy to memorialize all deceased users' accounts on the site. When an account is memorialized, only confirmed friends can see the profile (timeline) or locate it in Search. The profile (timeline) will also no longer appear in the Suggestions section of the Home page. Friends and family can leave posts in remembrance.

In order to protect the privacy of the deceased user, we cannot provide login information for the account to anyone. However, once an account has been memorialized, it is completely secure and cannot be accessed or altered by anyone.

If you need to report a profile (timeline) to be memorialized, please click here.

Removing the account:
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one's account from the site.
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If you are attempting to request the removal of an image of your child, you can take the appropriate steps here to receive additional support. Facebook r...
If you are attempting to request the removal of an image of your child, you can take the appropriate steps here to receive additional support.

Facebook removes photos or videos that violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities in some way. You can report an abusive photo or video by using the "Report" links located near most pieces of content on the Facebook to report offensive material. If you're tagged in a photo or video you don't like, you can remove the tag by clicking the "remove tag" link next to your name. Your name will be removed, and the photo or video will no longer be associated with your profile (timeline).

If you have a copyright complaint in any jurisdiction, you can find more information here.

If you think a photo should be removed because it violates your rights according to a privacy law (originating outside the United States of America), please explain in detail how it violates this law here, and we'll investigate further.

If you think non-photo content (i.e., a video) should be removed because it violates your rights according to a local and national privacy law (originating outside the United States of America), please explain in detail how it violates this law here, and we'll investigate further.

We will remove photos that you report as unauthorized if this is required by relevant privacy laws provided that you are pictured in the photo and you have filled out the appropriate contact form in its entirety. If you're not the person pictured in the content you wish to report, or their legal representative, please advise that individual to view this page and make the request.

If you live in a country where the law does not require the removal of unauthorized photos for privacy reasons, including the United States, we will not remove unauthorized photos at your request. You may want to consider contacting the user who posted the photo in order to request that it be removed.
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Facebook requires individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. In some jurisdictions, the age limit may be higher. Providing...
Facebook requires individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. In some jurisdictions, the age limit may be higher. Providing false information to create an account is always a violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of under 13 year old children by older parties.

If your underage child (child under the age of 13) has created an account on Facebook, you can show them how to delete their account by having them log into their account and following this link.

If you would like to report an account registered for an underage child to us, please do so here. We will promptly delete the account of any child under the age of 13 that is reported to us through this form.
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Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from using Facebook. Once we are able to verify a user's status as a sex offender, we immediately disable their acc...
Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from using Facebook. Once we are able to verify a user's status as a sex offender, we immediately disable their account and remove their account and all information associated with it.

We accept the following forms of documentation to verify someone's status as a convicted sex offender:

  • Link to a listing in a national sex offender registry
  • Link to an online news article
  • Link to a court document
  • Documentation verifying the report attached to the sex offender report form

If you are unable to provide documentation, we recommend that you ask a local law enforcement representative to contact us so we can take action on your report.

If you have encountered an account that may belong to a convicted sex offender, please report it and we will review the information.
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If you encountered content or photos that indicate someone is in immediate physical danger related to human trafficking, please contact 911 or local law e...
If you encountered content or photos that indicate someone is in immediate physical danger related to human trafficking, please contact 911 or local law enforcement for help.

Facebook is working with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, operated by Polaris Project, to provide resources to our users and to assist victims of human trafficking. To learn more about the signs of human trafficking, visit: http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org. If the threat is not immediate, we recommend that you contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 to learn about local resources and discuss options.

If you are a victim of human trafficking or would like resources to share with a potential victim in the United States, find contact information for a resource below:

In the US: Contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888; nhtrc@polarisproject.org, or visit us online at http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is available to answer all types of calls toll-free from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

In Canada: Contact Canadian Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

In the United Kingdom: Contact Blue Blindfold UK Tel: 0800-555-111

In Latin America: Contact the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC) by calling 619-666-2757, a 24 hour hotline, or emailing info@bsccinfo.org. You can learn more about BSCC at http://www.bsccoalition.org.

In other countries: Please email the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (nhtrc@polarisproject.org), and they can help direct you to the most appropriate resources in your area.
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What Happens with Reports
Reporting a profile (timeline), group, page, or any other content doesn't guarantee that they or it will be removed. The Facebook community is extremely d...
Reporting a profile (timeline), group, page, or any other content doesn't guarantee that they or it will be removed. The Facebook community is extremely diverse. It's possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for removal. That's why we offer personal controls, such as the ability to quietly cut ties with or hide people, pages, and applications that offend you. Content that does violate the Facebook Terms may be removed from Facebook and (in some cases) subject to legal or other action. The person reported is not notified of the identity of the person who made the report.
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Our reporting system leverages the 800 million people using Facebook to report content that may violate our policies. Our trained team of reviewers evalua...
Our reporting system leverages the 800 million people using Facebook to report content that may violate our policies. Our trained team of reviewers evaluate and respond to reports around the clock.

In addition to our internal process, we've always removed content that constitutes a credible threat of violence, but we've also recently implemented a process to address Pages that appear to be attempts at humor but may also be interpreted to be threatening. We now remove the Page and require that the admin confirm their humorous intent and label the title accordingly. If they do not, the Page will not be restored.
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Yes, we regularly consult with external groups on a range of issues including content policy, safety, privacy, and data security. Experts on domestic viol...
Yes, we regularly consult with external groups on a range of issues including content policy, safety, privacy, and data security. Experts on domestic violence and cyberstalking sit on our Safety Advisory Board, a group of five of the leading global safety organizations. We are in regular conversation with this group and others about our content policies, particularly as they relate to groups that have historically faced violence and discrimination.
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Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or...
Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease is not allowed. We do, however, allow clear attempts at humor or satire that might otherwise be considered a possible threat or attack. This includes content that many people may find to be in bad taste (e.g. jokes, stand-up comedy, popular song lyrics, etc.).
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No, Facebook does not send a notification to your friend if you choose to report the photo. Instead of reporting the content to Facebook, you can now use...
No, Facebook does not send a notification to your friend if you choose to report the photo.

Instead of reporting the content to Facebook, you can now use the report links to choose to send a message to your friend directly, and ask them to remove it. This does not generate a report to Facebook, but it does give feedback to your friend who can remove something you don't like.
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Unfortunately, there's no way to retract a report after you've submitted it. However, we will take the appropriate action on your report based on your rep...
Unfortunately, there's no way to retract a report after you've submitted it. However, we will take the appropriate action on your report based on your report based on the Facebook Terms.
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Safety Information and Resources
1. Learn how to use Facebook privacy settings to comfortably share and connect with others. 2. Participate in the Facebook community. Learn how to recogni...
1. Learn how to use Facebook privacy settings to comfortably share and connect with others.

2. Participate in the Facebook community. Learn how to recognize inappropriate content and behavior, and how to report it. When we become aware of content that violates the Facebook Terms, we remove it. Depending on the circumstances, we may also disable the account of the person who posted it.

3. Remember these simple rules about staying safe online:
  • Never share your password.
  • Think before you post. Each comment and photo builds your online presence.
  • Adjust your privacy settings and review them often.
  • Accept friend requests only from people you know personally.
  • Report content and profiles (timelines) that look suspicious.
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Help others address safety concerns by taking the following approach:Block and report: Make sure the bullying content has been reported to Facebook. We wil...

Help others address safety concerns by taking the following approach:

  • Block and report: Make sure the bullying content has been reported to Facebook. We will review the reported content and remove anything that violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Remind your friend to block the person responsible without responding directly to the bullying or escalating the conflict in any way.
  • Restrict privacy settings: Advise your friend to use account privacy settings to control who can view their profile. Access privacy settings by clicking on "Privacy Settings" from the "Account" drop-down menu in the top right corner of every Facebook page.
  • Evaluate and document: Is someone at risk of physical harm? Contact your local law enforcement immediately if the bully has posted personal contact information or made specific threats of physical violence. Take screenshots of all bullying posts, and print them out to save.

Learn more about safety on Facebook by visiting our Safety Center.
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Facebook takes the safety of its users very seriously and takes significant efforts to make sure that the interactions encountered on the site are done so...
Facebook takes the safety of its users very seriously and takes significant efforts to make sure that the interactions encountered on the site are done so in a safe manner. We strongly urge all users to report suspicious people and inappropriate content when they come across it on the site. You can notify Facebook of any inappropriate people or content by clicking on the "Report" link located throughout the site. Users under the age of 18 are also encouraged to talk to a parent or a responsible adult immediately if someone online says or does something to make them feel uncomfortable or threatened in any way.

If you are living in the United Kingdom, under 18, and believe that an adult is acting inappropriately towards you on Facebook, please submit an online report to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):

(If you are a parent or other adult and concerned about a minor, you can also submit a report by clicking on the link above.)

More information about safety on Facebook can be found here.
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Depending on the circumstances, consider changing the privacy settings on your Facebook account so that this person can't access your information. If you'...
Depending on the circumstances, consider changing the privacy settings on your Facebook account so that this person can't access your information. If you're no longer in a relationship with them, you can:
  • Unfriend — Only your Facebook friends can contact you through Facebook chat or post on your Wall (timeline).
  • Block— This will prevent the person from seeing your information, including posts and updates — even if they're a friend of your friends — or contacting you in any way on Facebook.
  • Report — If they're posting abusive content, report the person.


If this is someone you're currently in a relationship with, it could be a sign of relationship abuse. Please call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence for information on what to do and how to find resources in your community. Computer usage can be monitored, so if you're not sure your computer is safe, use a friend's computer or a computer in a public place. To learn more about computer safety, visit the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness.
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Unfortunately, we cannot release any information regarding a user's account to anyone but the account holder. If you would like us to look into this issue...
Unfortunately, we cannot release any information regarding a user's account to anyone but the account holder. If you would like us to look into this issue, please tell this individual to contact us directly from his or her login email address and include a brief description of the problem. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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If you have encountered content or photos that indicate someone is in immediate physical danger related to an eating disorder, please contact 911 or local...
If you have encountered content or photos that indicate someone is in immediate physical danger related to an eating disorder, please contact 911 or local law enforcement for help. If the threat is not immediate, you should call a family member or loved one who is close by the person you are worried about to try to help. We also recommend that you contact a local helpline to find out more information about how you can help a friend or loved one with a possible eating disorder.

Facebook is working with the National Eating Disorders Association to provide resources to our users and to support those struggling with an eating disorders, to find treatment referrals and how to help a friend. If you want to find out more about eating disorders, how to educate others and how to prevent them, visit the National Eating Disorders Association website: www.NationalEatingDisorders.org

In the United States, contact the National Eating Disorders Association: 1-800-931-2237; info@myneda.org; www.NationalEatingDisorders.org

In the United Kingdom, contact beat (beating eating disorders), 0845 634 1414 or (beat youthline: 0845 634 7650); help@b-eat.co.uk; www.b-eat.co.uk

In Canada, contact the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), Toll Free: 1-866-NEDIC-20 (1-866-633-4220); Toronto: 416-340-4156; www.nedic.ca
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If you've encountered a direct threat of suicide on Facebook, please immediately contact law enforcement or a suicide hotline. Get help contacting your lo...
Suicide hotlines provide help to those in need. Contact a hotline if you need support yourself or need help supporting a friend. If you are concerned abou...
Suicide hotlines provide help to those in need. Contact a hotline if you need support yourself or need help supporting a friend. If you are concerned about a friend, please encourage the person to contact a hotline as well.

If you're concerned about someone in the US military community (ex: active soldier, veteran or family member), get help here.

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The Trevor Project specializes in suicide prevention for LGBT youth and offers a lifeline that people in the US can contact by calling 1-866-488-7386. Th...
The Trevor Project specializes in suicide prevention for LGBT youth and offers a lifeline that people in the US can contact by calling 1-866-488-7386.

The Trevor Project also offers resources for concerned friends and family members of LGBT youth. Learn more about The Trevor Project on their website: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.

If you have encountered a direct threat of suicide on Facebook, please immediately contact your local law enforcement.

Find more information and contact details for global suicide hotlines here.
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The Facebook Network of Support (NOS) is comprised of five leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) advocacy organizations in conjunction with M...

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