The misuse of reporting or flagging mechanisms, or false claims of copyrights infringement or other violations of Terms of Service or Community rules and regulations on social media platforms, for the purpose of blocking, suspension or preventing more extensive digital participation.
Regaining control over your online profiles is often a burdensome process. Suspension appeal procedures on many social media platforms are costly - both in terms of time and resources. Even when appeals are successful, initial false reports will have also succeeded in keeping a target offline for various amounts of time.
The most well-known case of false reporting (for violations of terms and services on a social media platform) in Serbia is the suspension of the official profile of an Ombudsperson on YouTube:Digital evidence Report to platform Tactic Identity Pressure