How can I stop the image or video spreading?
Delete the images or videos from all devices
Delete all intimate images or videos of the person from your phone, hard drive and any other device, as well as from any backups or cloud storage. If you have threatened to share any of the images or videos or told others you will, let them know you now realise it’s wrong and you won’t do it.
Delete the image or video, and any comments about it, from all online platforms and services
If you have posted an intimate image or video anywhere online, delete it from the site, app, chat or message thread immediately. Also delete any comments you or others have made about it.
Ask others who received or shared the image or video to delete it
Ask the people you have shared the intimate image or video with to delete it online and from their devices immediately, along with any comments they made about it. Ask them to get anyone else they have on-shared it with to also delete the image or video and any comments.
Ask the online platform or service to delete it
In many cases you can report the image or video to the site, app or service used to share or send it. You may be able to report the image or video anonymously (without having to give your name or contact details). Check The eSafety Guide for links to common platforms and services.
Apologise to the person and let them know help is available
If you know the person in the image or video, you should apologise to them – but be careful. If they don’t already know the intimate image or video was shared, they’re likely to be shocked and upset. So it would be best to check there’s a trusted adult around to support them and make sure they’re not at risk of harming themselves.
If possible, let them know the following information, or pass it on through a trusted adult:
- eSafety can help stop the spread of the photo or video if the person shown in it reports it using this link.
- They may also be able to have a hash (digital fingerprint) created to prevent it being uploaded to specific platforms.
- If they’re under 18, they can use takeitdown.ncmec.org – a free online tool that prevents their image or video being shared on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Yubo, OnlyFans and Pornhub.
- If they’re 18 or older, they can use StopNCII.org – a free online tool that prevents their image or video being shared on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Bumble, OnlyFans and Reddit.