There are a series of steps you should take before reporting suspected misconduct.
Step 1 – Make sure that you have got your facts correct and have taken note of where and how the misconduct occurred. You must make sure that you do not report people who may turn out to be innocent because you have made a mistake.
Step 2 – Go to the help area of the social networking site and search for their complaints procedure. You may find this in an area labeled FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Read through the advice given in this area. You may even be able to watch a short video explaining the complaints process.
Step 3 – Once you are clear about the reporting procedure you are ready to enter your information. Take your time and make sure that the information you type does not contain any mistakes. If you have proof of misconduct you will be able to add it here.
Step 4 – The information you will be asked to give will generally consist of
Your name – Your online id or your real name. This may be optional but remember if you do not include it your complaint will be anonymous and anonymous complaints do not carry as much weight as those with your name on it.
Email address – This will be used to contact you to keep you up to date with the outcome of the reported misconduct.
The Misconduct – You will be required to at least explain what the misconduct was, where it happened and who did it. You could also provide your proof of misconduct.
Other Information – You may be asked to provide other relevant information, such as, have you reported the misconduct to anyone else.
Step 5 – Check over the information you have given and then click on the submit button. You should receive an email saying that your complaint has been received and that it will be looked at as soon as possible.
You need not necessarily only lodge any complaints or concerns within the social networking site itself, although this will be the way that most people do. You should be able to use any communication facility to report your concerns, including completing a word processed document that can be emailed to the relevant social networking authorities. This document can then be sent by hard copy with normal mail, fax or email. Other more traditional methods of registering complaints are by telephone or by writing a letter expressing your concerns.