Did you make a report on Snapchat – or have someone report you, and are wondering if Snapchat will ban the account?
Snapchat has been around for over 10 years now, and we’ve gotten a pretty good idea on how they handle reports.
So, if you’re wondering how many reports it takes to get banned on Snapchat, keep reading! In this article, we’ll cover everything that you need to know.
How Many Reports Does It Take To Get Banned On Snapchat?
There is no currently no specific number of reports that determine whether or not a Snapchat account will get banned.
Instead, each report is analyzed individually to determine whether or not it breaks Snapchat’s rules. After being reviewed by a human moderator, Snapchat will take further action in accordance with their policies.
For some reports, this may be a temporary lock. For others (such as breaking real-world laws), it may be a permanent ban not only on your account, but on your device entirely.
So, if the offense is serious enough, one report is enough to get a Snapchat account banned.
If the user hasn’t actually broken any rules however, no amount of reports will lead to the account getting banned, locked, or suspended.
So, you shouldn’t worry if somebody has falsely reported you despite breaking no rules.
What Determines The Number Of Reports Necessary?
Although no number of reports will falsely get a Snapchat account banned, Snapchat may take action more quickly in certain scenarios.
Let’s look over some of the factors that may determine how quickly Snapchat removes a post, or suspends an account.
Note however that Snapchat’s moderation policies aren’t public, so all we can do is speculate based on their past behavior, and the general practices of other social media companies.
Severity Of The Offense
Perhaps the most important factor when it comes to deciding whether or not a Snapchat account should get banned, is the severity of the offense.
As you might imagine, the more serious the rule breaking behavior is, the more likely that Snapchat will take drastic action.
For example, if somebody is actively using Snapchat to commit a real-world crime, they are likely to have their account banned much quicker than somebody that said something mildly offensive.
Snapchat deals with a large number of reports each day. It makes sense that they’d want to deal with the most important ones first.
Note that if someone is breaking the law, you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with local law enforcement in addition to reporting them on Snapchat. Just because messages have been deleted or erased does not mean that they are impossible for law enforcement to access, and having a written record of the events may prove useful in the future.
Number Of People Reporting
It’s also likely that Snapchat prioritizes posts that have multiple people reporting them all at once.
Although people have been known to falsely report people in groups, Snapchat relies on the trust of its users. If a bunch of people all report the same Story or post, it’s likely given more weight in Snapchat’s moderation queue – ‘jumping the line’, so to speak.
Not only do publicly posted Snaps reach more people, but several reports at once decrease the likelihood that a post is being falsely reported.
So, you shouldn’t hesitate to report a Snap or a story even if it’s already been reported by somebody else.
Trustworthiness Of The Reporters
Finally, it’s also possible that Snapchat takes the history of the reporter into account as well.
While Snapchat has not been known to report people who make false reports, it’s possible that reports from these people are automatically ignored – or are at least given less weight.
This may be put in place to cut down on spam, false reports, and wasted time.
If on the other hand all of your previous reports were for rule breaking behavior, your report may be taken more seriously.
Again, this is all just speculation. It’s likely that apps like TikTok also have similar processes in place to deal with false reports.
Help! I’ve Been Falsely Reported!
Something that can be extremely worrying is if somebody tells you that they’ve reported you, even though you’ve done nothing wrong.
Thankfully, this isn’t something that you really have to worry about.
When a report is made, the post is sent to a human moderator for review, rather than being solely judged by automated systems.
This means it will be obvious that you haven’t broken the rules, and no punishment will be carried out.
So, try not to think too much about it – nothing will happen as long as you haven’t actually violated any of Snapchat’s guidelines.
Snapchat does not have a specific number of reports that lead to a ban or suspension.
While no amount of reports will get someone banned if they have not broken any rules, it only takes one report if a rule has actually been broken.
I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any other questions about Snapchat, please ask them using the comment form below.
Wishing you the best,
– James McAllister