How to Report Stolen Photos on Facebook

How to report stolen photos on Facebook
How to report stolen photos on Facebook

Nowadays, many people complain that their images on Facebook are stolen and used for other purposes. 

Stealing photos are one of the main problems users have to deal with while using Facebook. Many content thieves are willing to take your images and use them for their profiles. 

But Facebook and other social media platforms also have solutions to solve these problems and they will take any actions to remove the stolen photos. They will even ban the accounts that will steal other images. 

Facebook and other social media platforms have their policies that are related to copyright and privacy. They have always helped you if you need something to report and their support team can help you if you contact them directly. 

How to report the stolen photos on Facebook

You need to follow the steps below to report to Facebook that your images were stolen. 

  1. Find the photos on their Timelines or in their “Photos” section.
  2. You need to click on the post or the photo to make a pop-up appear. The popup will show the post, photos, and comments.
  3. From here, you can click on “Options”. It is near the “Tag photo” and “Send in Messenger”. You can find the options at the bottom of the images. The options are also near “Like”, “Comment”, “Share”.
  4. You choose “Find support” or “Report Photo”. After that, you can continue the steps to report the stolen photos to Facebook and they will take some actions and notify you later.

You can also try another way to report the violated photos on Facebook by filling a form to contact the Facebook team.

https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/144059062408922?ref=u2u

You can choose “Photo” for the first question, “Other photo” or “Profile Picture” for the second question. 

Consider watermarking your photos before posting on Facebook

Image and content theft are now not rare. They can steal your photos and other content without hesitation. 

Another way to protect your photos is by watermarking your photos before posting on Facebook. When you do that image thieves will find it hard to use your images again somewhere else. 

You can use different image editors or watermark software to add text and logo to your photos. Watermarkup is a good online watermarking tool that helps to watermark your photo easily and quickly. The application runs in your web browser, and you don’t need to download or install it. You can use the application for free to watermark multiple photos at the same time.

Don’t post your original images with high quality on Facebook

Because your photos are easily stolen, so it is better if you can reduce the size of the images and keep your high-resolution images private. By doing that, the thieves will not have your original files and if a dispute happens, you will have the rights and proofs to prove that you are the owners of the photos.

If you are worried about the photos you share on Facebook that may be stolen, you had better not share them or only share the photos that are not important. 

How to Prevent Your Website from Image Theft

product photos
 a product photo

In this digital era, nowadays everyone can copy and download images, videos, software from the Internet to their computers. And it is easy to duplicate or replicate the files from one version to many clones. Users can simply copy and paste to achieve the task.

People can steal your images from your website and social media accounts very easily. Some will use them for personal purposes, but unfortunately, many others will use the photos for commercial purposes. Many online stores are complaining that their product images were stolen and used by other shops. You have invested your time and money in the photos and now they are being used by others without your permission.

How people steal images from the web

  1. It is very easy for people to download or save images from the web to their computers and drives. They can simply right-click on the image they want, and they can choose “Save images as…” and the image will be downloaded to their computers. 
  2. Some people will use the web browser to download all the web page. And in the downloaded folders, there will be your photos. They can choose “Save page as…” to do so. 
  3. Many stock photos are now shared on illegal websites and hosting. Users can go there and download them. 
image theft
image theft

How you will be affected if someone steals the assets

  1. First, you will be very angry about that. You invested time and money to take the pictures and bring them to the world. 
  2. If you are selling your products online, your competitors and other online stores will use them for their websites. Customers will be confused because of the same product photos in many stores. Your brand and business will be affected a lot. 
  3. If they are scamming people to get the money, customers will lose their trust and no longer believe in the stores that have the same product photos. 

How to prevent your website from image theft

  1. Disable right-click option on your website. The Right-click option is the simplest way to download and save images from computers and drives. So if you disable this feature, users will find it hard to save your photos. Many CMS platforms are providing their users with many useful tools to disable the option. If you are using WordPress, Shopify, or BigCommerce, many plugins help you do that. You can search in the WordPress plugin store and find some good ones. If you are running custom made websites, you can hire developers to help you do that. 
  2. Adding a copyright notice and the usage permission related to your images. Add an announcement about the permission of your photos will be a good thing to notify your users. If you specify the rights and the limitations of your image usage, they will not dare to steal your images and use them for their purposes.
  3. Watermark your photos. This is a useful way to protect your photos. When they see your watermark and brands, if they save and download, they cannot use them for their websites. Moreover, watermarks are good ways to promote your website and products. There is much software that helps you watermark your photos. Several applications help you add watermark to each photo separately. Other applications help you watermark batches of photos at the same time. 
  4. Never share high-resolution quality images. It is a useful way to protect your photos. Users can only download your compressed versions of your images. And of course, the qualities are not good enough as the original versions. When you own your originals, you still have the right to control what you have.
  5. Add a DMCA notification to your website. This is another way to show your visitors that your website, content, and photos are protected by DMCA. This will discourage thieves from trying to steal your images. 
  6. If you are a photographer and planning to submit your photos to photography websites, you should read carefully the instructions, licenses and what they would do with your images. Do the websites allow users to download your photos for free or low-resolution photos?

In general, it is easier and easier for people to download and save images from the Internet nowadays. But to ensure that your photos will be protected and not be downloaded illegally, you should combine all the above-mentioned ways we suggested in the article.