Here's What Happens When You Report Objectionable Content to Facebook

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June 26 2012 4:12 PM

Here's What Happens When You Report Objectionable Content to Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, head of the Facebook Police
Mark Zuckerberg, head of the Facebook Police

Photo by YURIKO NAKAO/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, Facebook posted a complicated flow chart explaining what happens after you click “report” on a post. Short story: Each item is assigned to one of four teams—Safety, Hate and Harassment, Access, and Abusive Content—for assessment.

But it’s more fun to imagine that there are Facebook police out there waiting to take down anyone who violates the terms of service—or just annoys you by constantly publishing whiny musings about one of those infamous “it’s complicated” relationships. YouTuber Andrew McMurry has created a two-minute video that looks at exactly that scenario. Watch below.

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