This is How to Block Inappropriate Videos on Facebook

6 min read by Bogdi

published un an în urmă, updated o lună în urmă

It seems like no matter how careful you think you're being, inappropriate videos somehow make their way onto Facebook. Facebook is a powerful application for connecting with friends and family all across the globe. It's wonderful catching up on so-and-so's life happenings, but unfortunately, not all the information on Facebook is what we want to see.

To block inappropriate videos on Facebook, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Go to the "videos" section in your Facebook settings.
  2. Switch "auto-play videos" to "off" so you can control which videos you are playing.
  3. Report any and all inappropriate content that you stumble upon to block the user profile and content from your and other's profiles.

Social media is something most of us frequently use for both business and personal reasons. It's basically crept into all aspects of our lives. This, unfortunately, means that some unsavory content can make it onto your Facebook feed. If you want greater control over what you and your family view on Facebook and other websites, keep on reading.

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How To Block Inappropriate Videos on Facebook

Facebook understands that there are limits to internet freedom and what people can and cannot share on Facebook. That is why they have a system for videos that violate the parameters of what is deemed inappropriate or offensive.

On the Facebook TV application, you have the power to block all videos from a certain publisher and the ability to completely unfollow the publisher to avoid future problems. It's as simple as this:

  1. Select the video.
  2. Click on the three-dot ellipses button, "..."
  3. Select either the "Hide Video" or "Report Video" options.

In order to unfollow the publisher of the problematic video:

  1. Select the video.
  2. Click on the three-dot ellipses button, "..."
  3. Select either the "Snooze for 30 Days" or "Unfollow" options.

Protecting Children From Inappropriate Content on Facebook

Whether it's drugs, violence, or sex, Facebook is full of inappropriate content for children. While this content is annoying for adults, it can be quite dangerous for children. Our kids are impressionable and can easily pick up unwanted behaviors from watching videos. This can lead to development problems later in life such as ADHD, depression, or even suicide.

Millions of responsible parents use parental control applications (like EyeZy or mSpy) to observe and limit what their children can see online. With an app like this you are in complete control of what applications your kids uses, how much time they spend on their device, and even who are they are talking to. If you haven't heard of these applications, it's because big tech companies don't want you to control what your children see, they want to control it themselves.

Parental control applications are the safest way to restrict inappropriate content. The neat part about this is that they also work with other apps, like Snapchat, Discord, TikTok, and even the internet browser (Chrome/Safari), not just Facebook.

How do I Restrict Content on Facebook?

If you spend enough time on Facebook connecting with friends or colleagues, you'll inevitably run into content that rubs you the wrong way. It could be offensive language or swear words. This is especially unbecoming if you're using Facebook as a professional business tool. The good news is that there are multiple ways to restrict different content on Facebook.

Enabling the Word Filter

The English language is full of words that should never be uttered. Certain words can be offensive and create an unsafe space for folks on Facebook.

To protect against offensive language, Facebook designed a word filter that can be turned on to protect your Facebook group.

If you or a coworker is the administrator for the page, here is how you enable the word filter function:

  1. Log in to the admin account for the specific Facebook page.
  2. Click "Edit Page."
  3. Then click "Edit Settings."
  4. Select "Page Moderation" and fill in the specific words you want to filter.
  5. Click "Save Changes"

Enabling the Profanity Filter

Facebook also has a feature that blocks notorious profanity and other slurs. The profanity filter uses a list of words commonly reported as offensive by other users. By turning this filter on, you can eliminate inappropriate profanity from your Facebook page.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the admin account for the specific Facebook page.
  2. Click "Edit Page."
  3. Then click "Edit Settings."
  4. Select "Profanity Filter" and set it to either "Medium" or "Strong."
  5. Click "Save Changes."

How to Provide Privacy for my Child on Facebook?

More and more people are creating Facebook accounts. This goes for the younger generations as well. If your child wants to create a Facebook account, and you are okay with it, then you might want to consider restricting who can view their account.

Updating the "parental controls" on your child's Facebook account can help them use the platform more safely and avoid any unwanted and offensive viewers from following their account.

Follow these easy steps to update the privacy settings:

  1. Log into your child's Facebook account.
  2. Click on "Account."
  3. Click on "Privacy Settings."
  4. Modify the settings by selecting either "Everyone," "Friends of Friends," or "Friends Only."
  5. Click "Custom" to made adjustments to each type of content they post.

If your child frequents YouTube also, and you are interested in doing something similar on that platform, then keep on reading.

How to Block Inappropriate Videos on YouTube

YouTube has become another very popular outlet for children. Like Facebook, your child could run into some videos that you simply don't want them viewing. If you want to avoid this from happening, you can turn on the "Restricted Mode" for your child's account.

Restricted mode helps to filter out potentially inappropriate or objectionable content, according to YouTube's community guidelines, from your child's account. When Restricted Mode is turned on, YouTube uses a system of algorithms or rules to determine what might be considered inappropriate.

It does so by analyzing things like the title, language, and the metadata of the video. Metadata is additional information about the video, such as the creator, upload date, video description, and tagged keywords.

Turning on the Restricted Mode is extremely easy to do:

  1. Click on the account icon in the upper right-hand corner of YouTube.
  2. At the bottom of the drop-down menu, toggle Restricted Mode to "On."

If the video doesn't pass with the new restricted parameters, it will not be viewable on the account. This will protect your child from observing less than agreeable content and allow you to relax more about what videos they can watch.

It is worth noting that the filtering that occurs with YouTube's Restricted Mode is not perfect. There may be some content that slips through the cracks. Because of that, we recommend having discussions with your child about safe viewing and what to do if unwanted content is presented to them.

If you are curious about other tips to maintain safe viewing for your child while on YouTube, take a peek at the list below.

Tips for Safe Viewing For your Child on YouTube

  • Create a Family Contract: to be proactive, create a contract width your child that clearly sets out the rules for their viewing, the expectations you have for them, and the potential consequences if the rules are not followed.
  • Have a Shared Family Account: if your child knows you have access to the same YouTube account, they might feel less inclined to search for questionable content.
  • Limit the Usage of Headphones: headphones are great for sound reduction, but if you can hear what your child is watching, they might avoid inappropriate content.
  • View Together: relaxing with your child and watching a video together is a great way to unwind and supervise the content they view.
  • Subscribe to Channels You Deem Safe: you can control which channels your child has access too, and monitor the subscriptions they add themselves.
  • Keep the Screen in Common Areas: a rule that screens used for YouTube must remain in common areas of the home, instead of bedrooms, for example, is a good way to monitor what your child is viewing and to incentivize them to only watch appropriate content.

Summary

The internet is full of a lot of really helpful information. In many ways, it's an incredible tool. However, on the flip side of the coin, the internet can also be an unsafe space.

Popular websites like Facebook and YouTube are not exempt from inappropriate and offensive content. Over time, you will run into a video, photo, or written post that violates the community standards of Facebook.

After reading this article, you now have the know-how to block offensive content and publishers from appearing on your feed. And how to turn on filters to proactively protect against the inevitable appearance of offensive language. And better yet, how to make similar changes to your content settings on YouTube.

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