Reporting a Tweet or direct message for violations

You can report Tweets or direct messages that are in violation of the Twitter Rules or our Terms of Service. This includes spam, harassment, impersonation, copyright, or trademark violations. You can report any Tweet on Twitter, including Tweets in your home timeline, the Notifications or Discover tabs, or in Twitter Search.

To report a Tweet:

  1. Navigate to the Tweet you’d like to report.
  2. Tap the ••• icon (or the icon on Android) to bring up the off-screen menu.
  3. Select Report Tweet and then one of the options below (Spam, Compromised, Abusive, or Block account).
  4. Select Submit (or Next if reporting abuse; see below for details) or Cancel to complete the report or block the user.

To report a direct message:

  1. Select the direct message you’d like to report.
  2. Tap and hold the message and select Report from the options that appear.
  3. You can choose the option to Report spam or Mark as abusive.


Reporting options:

  • Spam: this is the best option for reporting users who are using spam tactics. Please reference the Twitter Rules for information about some common spam techniques, which include mass creation of accounts for abusive purposes, following a large number of users in a short time, and sending large numbers of unsolicited @replies.

  • Compromised: if you think the user’s account has been compromised, and they are no longer in control of their account, select this option, and we will follow up with them to reset their password and/or take other appropriate actions.

  • Abusive: for other types of violations, including harassment, copyright or trademark violations, and impersonation, select this option.

  • Block account: instead of reporting a user, you can select this option to block the user. Learn more about what blocking means.

What happens when I report a Tweet or direct message?

  • The tweet or message will disappear from your timeline.
  • Reporting a Tweet does not automatically result in the user being suspended.

What’s the difference between reporting a user and reporting a Tweet or direct message?

Reporting a Tweet or direct message allows you to indicate what specific Tweet or direct message you think is in violation of the Twitter Rules or policies. If the user is violating Twitter policies without posting a Tweet or direct message (for example, mass following large numbers of users), then you should report the user as spam.

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