How To Report Websites with Illegal Content

You may find illegal content on a website as you explore the internet.It is possible that this content is shocking, disturbing, or harmful.The website can be reported to law enforcement.You can contact the platform itself to get the content removed if the website is hosted by them.You may be able to get the site removed from the search results.People will have a harder time finding the website.

Step 1: Information about the website should be gathered.

You can give the URL of the website to law enforcement by copying it.Write down the administrator’s name, location, and any other information you can find on the website.The administrator of the website may move the content before law enforcement gets a chance to see it.

Step 2: If the content poses an immediate threat, call the local law enforcement.

Content can be threatening to you or your family.If the content is hurting you personally, your local law enforcement can take action.If someone is displaying private photos of you without your permission, your local law enforcement may be able to do something about it.You should call local law enforcement if you believe someone is threatening to harm you or harassing you online.

Step 3: You can find a reporting website for your country.

Each country has its own law enforcement agency that fights crime on the internet.Involuntary pornography, sexual abuse material, or hate speech are illegal content.You can submit your report online.There are websites where you can report illegal content on the internet.Click the link for your country if you scroll through the list.The website is available in many languages.

Step 4: You can report from any country.

The International Organization of Internet Hotlines is called INHOPE.Reports of illegal content on the internet are forwarded to the correct law enforcement agency by the organization.

Step 5: The website has illegal content.

Tell law enforcement everything you know about the website and illegal content that was posted there.Provide as much information as possible, including when you last accessed the site and how you found it.Law enforcement can use this information to find out who is responsible for the content.Digital files can be uploaded to the website as part of a report.If your country’s law enforcement agency doesn’t allow uploads, state in your report that you have these files available.You may be contacted by a law enforcement officer to get them.You can either print a copy of the report or save it on your computer.Follow up with law enforcement if you learn more about the website.

Step 6: The platform that hosts the content should be identified.

If you’re looking at a Facebook page, the platform hosting the content will be obvious.On other hosting sites, the owner of the page can create a custom URL that obscures the platform.If the platform is not visible, look at the bottom of the page.You can usually find a logo or platform name at the bottom of the page.Even if “wordpress” doesn’t show up in the URL, you can still see “Powered by WP” on a page.

Step 7: There is a link to report the content.

You can report offensive or illegal content on the hosting platform’s homepage.You can see it in the banners at the top or bottom of the page.If you’re having trouble locating the right place to report, look in the “help” or “support” section.You can see what comes up when you search for the word “report”.You can report the content on many platforms with a link on the offensive page.If you have an account on the platform, these links will work.

Step 8: The form needs to describe the content.

You can fill out a full form on some platforms.You identify the content that you want the platform to remove.Your contact information may not be asked for by the platform.It’s a good idea to find a link where you can give contact information for your report.The platform will not be able to let you know what actions were taken if you don’t give any contact information.Let the platform’s support team know if you’ve contacted law enforcement.Even if they remove it from public view or ban the account that posted it, they may need to take special steps to preserve it.

Step 9: Follow up with the hosting platform to make sure the content is removed.

If a user is posting illegal content, the platform will ban them.The user’s entire account is also removed.An email may be sent from the platform to let you know that a user has been banned.The platform won’t contact you again to let you know the content has been removed.The easiest way to find out is to search again.If you don’t see it, it’s either been removed or banned.If the user has created another account and reposted the content, you should go back through the steps of notifying the platform again.

Step 10: The illegal content can be found on the website where the URL is copied.

Provide the main URL for the website if you want the illegal content removed from the search results.Links to illegal content can be copied.The administrator of the website may simply move the illegal content to another address if you only remove the direct links.You may be able to get the entire website removed from search results if they contain nothing but illegal content.

Step 11: Go to the support page for the search engine.

Search for “support” with the name of the search engine if you can’t find the link immediately.It should take you to the page you need.You can see what comes up when you remove a page from a search.

Step 12: Take a look at the search engine’s policy.

There are different policies regarding the types of content that can be removed from search results.Most popular search engines don’t remove illegal content from their results even if it is shocking.If the content explicitly depicts the sexual abuse of children, or if the person in the photo is a child, then it will be taken down.If you want to remove nude photographs of yourself, you need to prove that the image is fake and that it was distributed without your consent.

Step 13: To remove the site, you must complete the form.

To get a site removed from search results, you need to provide your full legal name and country of residence.The search engine can follow up on your report if you provide an email.If you describe the content in your report, you need a direct URL.If the content is moved, you might include the URL for the main site.