Reporting spam on Twitter

"Spam" describes a variety of prohibited behaviors that violate the Twitter Rules. Behaviors that constitute "spamming" will continue to evolve as we respond to new tactics by spammers.

What is spam?

Here are some common tactics that spam accounts often use:

  • Posting harmful links (including links to phishing or malware sites)
  • Aggressive following behavior (mass following and mass un-following for attention)
  • Abusing the @reply or @mention function to post unwanted messages to users
  • Creating multiple accounts (either manually or using automated tools)
  • Posting repeatedly to trending topics to try to grab attention
  • Repeatedly posting duplicate updates
  • Posting links with unrelated tweets

How to report spam:

If you think you've found a spam profile, follow these steps to report it to us:

  1. Visit the spam account's profile.
  2. Click the gear icon. This brings up a drop-down actions menu (see image below).
  3. Click on Report @username for spam.

If you want to block a user, but not report them as spam, you can find out how on our How to Block Users on Twitter help page. This page also shows you how to unblock an account if you've changed your mind.

What happens to reported accounts?

    Once you click the "report as spam" link, we'll block the user from following you or from replying to you. Reporting an account for spam does not automatically result in suspension.

    How to report other harmful accounts:

    If you find other harmful, annoying, or illegal content on Twitter, please view our help page for information on How to File Terms of Service or Rules Complaints. Thanks!

    Reporting individual Tweets

    You can also report individual Tweets that are in violation of the Twitter Rules or our Terms of Service. This includes spam, harassment, impersonation, copyright, or trademark violations. Learn more about how to report Tweets.

    Still need help? Contact Support.