LGBTQ+ Safety

Tools And Technology

Facebook Tools: The Foundation For a Safe Online Experience

In addition to policies, we offer a number of tools to help you control your experience on Facebook.


Safety and Security Tools

Additional Account Names

Facebook is a place for connecting with the people and causes you care about. We want to allow for the range of diverse ways that identity is expressed across our global community, while also preventing impersonation and identity misrepresentation. That is why we require people to connect on Facebook using the name they go by in everyday life. While the name on your profile should be the name that your friends call you in everyday life, Facebook does allow you to list another name on your account (for example: maiden name, nickname, professional name). If you'd like to list a different name on your account, follow the steps listed here and be sure to check “Show at top of profile” to have your other name shown next to your full name at the top of your profile. Keep in mind, if you don't check the box to have your other name listed at the top of your profile, it'll still be visible in the About section of your profile and in search results.

To change your name altogether, first review our name standards and then follow the instructions listed here. Remember, accounts and Pages that impersonate other people go against our Community Standards and aren't allowed on Facebook. For more information about account names and other topics, visit these pages in the Help Centers on Facebook and Instagram.

Security Checkup

You can use Facebook’s Security Checkup to do the following:
  • Get alerts when someone tries logging into your account from an unrecognized computer or mobile device.
  • Learn how to protect your password.
  • Enable two-factor authentication.

Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your account. When you turn on two-factor authentication, you will be asked to enter a special login code or confirm your login attempt each time you try to access your Facebook account from a new computer, phone or browser. Learn how to turn on two-factor authentication.

Get alerts about unrecognized devices

Use login alerts to get notifications any time someone attempts to get access to your account from a new or unrecognized device. Learn how to turn on alerts about unrecognized logins.

Know what to do if you're hacked

If you think your account has been hacked, first check to see if you are still able to log into your account. If you are, make sure that the contact information stored on your account is correct. We then recommend that you change your password and enable two-factor authentication to provide an extra layer of security to help prevent being hacked in the future.

If you aren't able to get into your account, visit facebook.com/hacked and you'll be guided through a step-by-step process to learn how to regain access.

If you can log into your account, we recommend changing your password and enabling two-factor authentication. This will add an extra layer of security to help prevent being hacked in the future.

How to Report Content that May Violate Our Policies

If you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or violates our community standards, report it to Facebook. Reporting is quick and easy and any piece of content can be reported to our team. Make sure you report the actual piece of content that is abusive, for example a photo or a comment under a video, and not the full Page or Profile. If the entire Page, Profile, or Group violates our community standards, you can report the Page, Profile, or Group by clicking on the 3 dots under the cover photo.

If you want to report something that goes against our Community Standards but you don't have an account or can't see the content (for example, someone blocked you), you can ask a friend to help you. We don't include any information about the person who filed the report when we reach out to the person who posted the reported content.

We have teams of people in offices around the world who review reports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reporting is completely anonymous, and you only need to report the content once for it to be evaluated against our policies. Once you’ve reported something for not following our Community Standards, you can check the status of your report from your Support Inbox which can be found by logging in and visiting facebook.com/support. With the Support Inbox, you can:
  • Click on any report to learn more about our policies.
  • Cancel a report.
  • See when we take action on your report and the decision we make.
  • Request review of our decision.

Appeals

We know we don't always get it right when we decide to take something down. If your content was taken down and you think it doesn't go against our Community Standards, you can Request Review in most circumstances. For some types of content, you can't request a review, but we're adding more options.

Once you ask us to take another look, your content will be reviewed again by Meta, usually within 24 hours. If we find we've made a mistake, we'll let you know, and your post, photo or video will be restored.

If you request a review and still don’t agree with our decision, you may be able to appeal to the Oversight Board. Keep in mind that not all decisions are eligible for appeal to the Oversight Board and the board only selects a certain number of eligible appeals, so they may not choose yours to review. You can read more about the board’s bylaws and structure on their website.

Visit our Transparency Center to learn more about how Facebook uses technology and review teams to detect, review and take action on content.

For additional information on safety tools, visit the links below:

WhatsApp Safety Resources

Privacy Tools

Privacy Checkup

You can use Facebook’s Privacy Checkup (fb.me/privacy/checkup) to manage a number of privacy topics, including but not limited to:
  • Reviewing who can see your posts, friends list, and information from your profile, like your gender, phone number and email address.
  • See your settings for apps that you’ve logged into using Facebook.
  • Reviewing and adjusting your privacy settings to help make sure that you are sharing your stories with the people you want to see them.
  • Reviewing how people can find you on Facebook and choosing who can send you friend requests and look you up by your phone number or email address.

Choose who to share with

Facebook allows you to decide who sees what on your profile and who you share things with. The Audience Selector tool allows you to control who sees what you share. You can choose to share with everyone, just your friends or even a customized audience. Use the custom option to be as specific as you want to be about who you’re sharing with. Remember, when you post to another person’s profile, that person controls what audience can view that post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends. To learn more about selecting audiences, visit the Help Center.

Choose who can comment

You can also use Facebook tools to help select who can comment on your posts. By adjusting your commenting audience, you can further control how you want to invite conversation onto public posts to help you feel more safe and to engage in more meaningful conversations with your community. One way to control who can comment is to change the audience of an individual post or change your settings for all public posts. You can choose to allow the public, just your friends, or only the profile and pages you mention to comment on an individual public post.

There is also a comment filter for individual profiles. You can choose to hide comments containing certain words by looking under the Settings menu to adjust “Profile & Tagging”. Then select “View & Sharing”.

Manage tags

There are two options within the Timeline and Tagging Settings for reviewing content that is tagged.
  • The first option allows you to approve or dismiss posts that you are tagged in before they appear on your Timeline. This automatically applies to posts where you are tagged by someone you are not friends with, but you can choose to review all tags by turning on the timeline review.
  • The second option allows you to approve or dismiss tags that people add to your posts. When you turn this on, a tag that someone adds to your post will not appear until you approve it.

Please note, you can also adjust what Facebook activity you’re notified about and how you’re notified. For additional details, visit fb.me/Notifications.

Prevent Search Engines from Linking to Your Profile

If you don’t want search engines outside of Facebook to link directly to your profile, you can adjust this setting from your privacy settings. When you adjust this setting, keep in mind, turning this off only controls if a search engine will link to your profile in a search engine's search results. Information from your profile and some things you share (such as public information) can still appear in search engine results even if you select No. This includes things you share with the audience set to Public, posts and comments on Pages and public groups and posts in the Community Forum section of the Help Center.

Wellbeing Tools

Take a break

On Facebook, you can take a break from anyone you're friends with on Facebook. When you want to take a break, you can:
  • Limit where you see someone on Facebook. If you choose to see them less, their posts and posts they're tagged in won't appear in your News Feed and you won't be prompted to message them or tag them in photos. To see their posts again, you can follow them.
  • Limit someone's ability to see your posts and posts you're tagged in: Hide your posts from the person you want to take a break from. They'll be added to your Restricted List and will only see posts you tag them in or share publicly.
  • Edit who can see past posts: Limit who can see posts including photos, status updates, videos and more. You can limit posts you're tagged in or that you've tagged someone else in by changing your privacy settings. These posts can only be seen by the people that are tagged in them. These posts won't appear on your timeline anymore but will still appear on other peoples' timelines and search results unless the person who originally posted removes the content. You'll also be removed as a contributor from any shared albums with the person you want to take a break from.
You can also snooze or unfollow people, Pages or Groups that you may feel uncomfortable with.
  • Snooze: Snoozing a person, Page or group prevents you from seeing their posts in your News Feed for 30 days. The person, Page or group you've snoozed won't know that they've been snoozed.
  • Unfollow: When you unfollow someone, you won't see their posts in your News Feed, but you'll still be friends with them. To unfollow a person, Page or group directly, hover over "Following" (on a profile) or click "Following" (on a Page or in a group) near their cover photo and select "Unfollow."

Unfriend or block people you don't want to stay connected with

To unfriend someone, go to that person's profile, hover over the "Friends" button at the top and select "Unfriend." If you choose to unfriend someone, Facebook won't notify the person but you'll be removed from their friends list. If you want to be friends with this person again, you'll need to send a new friend request.

Blocking a person automatically unfriends them, and also blocks them so they can no longer see things you post on your profile, tag you, invite you to events or groups, or add you as a friend.

Blocking is reciprocal, so you also won't be able to see things they post or start conversations with them. When you block someone, we don't notify them.

To block someone, click at the top right of any Facebook page, click "How do I stop someone from bothering me?," enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click "Block."