What Happens When You Report Someone on Instagram?

There are plenty of reasons why you might decide to report someone on Instagram. From harassment to clear community violations,…

There are plenty of reasons why you might decide to report someone on Instagram. From harassment to clear community violations, the report function is there to help users manage their own experience on the app and to flag any users whom they believe to be in breach of the conditions and regulations.

But let’s be honest – once you’ve submitted a report against another user or profile, you often don’t receive any kind of follow up information. This can be troubling when you want to know the outcome of your report… which is where this article comes in.

What Happens Behind the Scenes Of a Report?

Once you have submitted a report to Instagram, whether it be in relation to a specific post, a comment, or an entire profile of account, Instagram investigates.

Reports are prioritised if multiple reports are received against the same user or the same activity – meaning that users can band together and report the same account to spark quicker action and a resolution.

The result of the report will then be filtered down to the reported user, limiting their activity, banning their account, or deactivating the post or comment that has offended you and other users.

NOTE: If Instagram finds no clear violation to back up the report, then nothing will happen. The action of reporting another user is not enough to solely result in their ban or account deactivation – rather, a report is simply the first step in getting Instagram to check out their profile and assess their activity. 

Can a User Tell If You Report Them?

Luckily, reports are anonymous and so the recipient of your report will not find out where the report came from.

If action is taken again their account as a result of the report, they will be informed of this and given a reason for their ban or the block on their activity.

What’s the Difference Between Report and Restrict?

If you’ve ever carried out the steps to report another user on Instagram, you will have noticed that you can also restrict the user or block them.

Restrict and Report sound like similar actions – however, while report submits a complaint to Instagram directly, restrict is more of an action to improve your own experience. That is, when you restrict a user rathe than report them, you limit their ability to comment on your posts.

We hope that this quick guide helps you to make your Instagram feed a safer place – whether that’s protecting authentic accounts against impersonation by reporting fake profiles or reporting comments which violate Instagram’s safety and community guidelines.