Dealing with Facebook content complaints

If you’ve been on Facebook long enough, you’ve probably received notification at one time or another that your content has been reported by someone. Facebook may or may not remove the content, and in some cases they’ll take further action by limiting your ability to post, add friends or partake in other system activities.

This is bound to happen to everyone sooner or later… but what to do when it’s happening to you repeatedly? And, when the content being reported is on your private wall or group, and can be seen only by people who are supposedly your friends? One would think that if someone were offended by content on a page, they’d simply remove themselves from the page, but what can you do if they don’t–and, Facebook doesn’t even tell you who’s doing the reporting?

Posts containing pics like these can get your account blocked or limited on Facebook.

Now, some of you may get excited by seeing the picture captioned above. Others, maybe it’s not your cup of tea. But nobody should be outraged or shocked–after all, you’re reading a blog for erotic authors. In much the same way, people who friend us on Facebook, and/or follow our pages, usually have some sort of idea of the content they’re likely to find.

How to find out who the “mole” or “hater” is? You’ll need to do a little detective work. Fortunately, Facebook has a feature called “lists.” Go to your friends list or any of your friends’ profiles, and hover the mouse on the “Friends” button. Choose “Add to another list.” If you scroll to the bottom of that dialog, you’ll be given the option to create a “+ New List.” Make up a name like “suspect group A” or something creative.

Now, go down your friends list. Find the people whom you suspect could be reporting you. Focus on people who are newer to your friends list, or people whose views sometimes tend to be at odds with your own. Click their “Friends” button and add them to the list you made. If you have a large group of friends, make three or four different lists “group B,” “group C” etc.

Next time you’re going to post content which might be considered risque (and which might trigger your spy to report) there will be a prompt at the bottom of your dialog. It indicates whether your post will be “Public” or for “Friends,” but there are more options. If you click into it, you can find the name of the list you made, and select it. Now, the post in question will only be seen by those whom you’ve added to that list. Now that you’ve cast your bait, just sit, wait and reel them in. If your content again gets reported, you know that someone in this particular list is the culprit. Go through this list, and divideĀ it into two or three smaller lists, and repeat the exercise. If they keep reporting your content, eventually you’ll narrow it down and find your offender. At that point, block them, and possibly post a warning amongst friends and peers who might also be having the same problem.

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