Help Center

How to report violations

This article provides an overview of how to report potential violations of the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service.

How to report directly from a Tweet or profile

You can report directly from an individual Tweet or profile for certain violations, including: spam, abusive or harmful content, inappropriate ads, self-harm and impersonation. For information about reporting other types of violations, see below (How to report specific types of violations).

How to report individual Tweets for violations:

Learn how to report Tweets (or Direct Messages) for violations here.

How to flag media for violations:

Learn how to flag Tweets for media violations here. Read the Twitter media policy here.

How to report profiles for violations:

  1. Open the profile you’d like to report.
  2. Select the gear icon  (on web or Twitter for iOS) or tap the overflow icon  (on Twitter for Android).
  3. Select Report and then select the type of issue you’d like to report.
  4. If you select They’re being abusive or harmful, we’ll ask you to provide additional information about the issue you’re reporting.
  5. Once you’ve submitted your report, we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.

How to report specific types of violations

The information below outlines the types of violations you can report to us through our Help Center as well as how to report them.

  • Unauthorized trademark use: learn more about Twitter’s trademark policy and file a report here.
  • Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials: learn more about Twitter’s copyright policy and file a report here.
  • Sale or promotion of counterfeit goods: learn more about Twitter’s counterfeit goods policy. Report an account for sale or promotion of counterfeit goods here.
  • Privacy policy towards children: Our Services are not directed to persons under 13. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us via our privacy form. Learn more about our policy towards children in our Privacy Policy.
  • Child sexual exploitation: learn more about our child sexual exploitation policy and report an account here.
  • Pornography: to report obscene or pornographic images being used in user profile photos, header photos, and/or background images on Twitter, follow instructions outlined here.
  • Impersonation of an individual or brand: learn more about our impersonation policy and file a report here.
  • Private information posted on Twitter: learn more about our private information policy and file a report here.
  • Abusive behavior and violent threats: learn more about our abusive behavior policy and file a report here.
  • Spam and system abuse: if you are experiencing a spam or malware issue that’s impacting your use of Twitter, file a report here.
  • Violation of Twitter Ads policy: Learn how to recognize Twitter Ads and the steps you can take to resolve issues without filing a report. Report a Twitter Ad that may be in violation of our policies here.

Note: When reporting potential violations of the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service via the Help Center, you may be asked to allow us to share parts of your report with third parties, such as the affected user.

How to report on behalf of someone else

You can report violations on behalf of another user. Refer to the categories and instructions listed above or visit our Help Center to submit your report. You can also report directly from a Tweet or profile (see above section How to report directly from a Tweet or profile).

How to find a Vine account ID

When reporting explicit content on Vine, you may be asked to provide a Vine account ID. Here’s how.

From the web:

  1. From the user’s profile, copy the Vine account ID from the URL. It should look like this: https://vine.co/u/[VINEID] or https://vine.co/[VINEID].

From an iOS device:

  1. From the user’s profile, tap on the three dots in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Tap Share this profile.
  3. Copy the Vine ID contained in the URL provided. It should look like this: vine://user/[VINEID].

From an Android device:

  1. From the user’s profile, tap on the three dots in the upper right hand corner or the Menu button.
  2. Tap Share profile and provide a destination.
  3. Copy the Vine ID contained in the URL provided. It should look like this: vine://user/[VINEID].

How to find a link to a Vine post

When reporting explicit content on Vine, you may be asked to provide the link to a Vine post. Here’s how.

From the web:

  1. From the Vine post, click on the three dots located in the lower right hand corner.
  2. Click on View post page.
  3. Copy the URL. It should look like this: https://vine.co/v/....

From an iOS device:

  1. From the Vine post, tap the Share icon.
  2. Tap More options.
  3. Tap Copy link. It should look like this: https://vine.co/v/....

From an Android device:

  1. From the Vine post, tap the Share icon.
  2. Tap Share to and provide a destination.
  3. Copy the URL provided. It should look like this: https://vine.co/v/....

How to find a Periscope username

When reporting explicit content on Periscope, you may be asked to provide a Periscope username. Here’s how:

From the web:

  1. When you find a Periscope broadcast that is shared via Tweet on twitter.com, click on the Periscope broadcast.
  2. If the Periscope broadcast is live, find the Periscope user’s display name (located in the bottom left corner). Click it to display a profile view. Copy the Periscope username (it will start with the @ symbol).
  3. If the Periscope broadcast is a replay, you will see the Periscope username right below the user’s display name. Copy it (it will start with the @ symbol).

From an iOS device:

  1. From the Periscope broadcast, swipe right to view the broadcast info panel.
  2. Copy the Periscope username (it will start with the @ symbol).

From an Android device:

  1. From the Periscope broadcast, swipe up to view the broadcast info panel.
  2. Copy the Periscope username (it will start with the @ symbol).

How to find a link to a Periscope broadcast

When reporting explicit content on Periscope, you may be asked to provide the link to a Periscope broadcast. Here’s how:

From the web:

  1. When you find a Periscope broadcast that is shared via Tweet on twitter.com, click on the Periscope broadcast.
  2. Copy the URL that is displayed in your browser’s address bar. It should look like this: https://www.periscope.tv/w/….

From the Periscope app on an iOS device:

  1. From the Periscope broadcast, swipe right to view the broadcast info panel.
  2. Tap Share and select Copy Link.

From the Periscope app on an Android device:

  1. From the Periscope broadcast, swipe up to view the broadcast info panel.
  2. Tap Shareand select Copy Link.

More information about contacting the Periscope team can be found here.