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Reporting abusive behavior

Twitter strives to provide an environment where users can feel free to express themselves. If abusive behavior happens, we want to make it easy for our users to report it to us. Users can include multiple Tweets in the same report, helping us gain better context, while investigating the issues to get them resolved faster.

Note: For specifics about our abusive behavior policy, please read the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service.

How do I file a report that someone is Tweeting abusive messages?

Anyone can report abusive behavior directly from a Tweet or profile.


To report a Tweet:

  1. Navigate to the Tweet you’d like to report.
  2. Click or tap the more icon ••• on web; the  icon on iOS; or the overflow icon  on Android.
  3. Select Report.
  4. Select It’s abusive or harmful.
  5. Next, we’ll ask you to provide more information about the issue you’re reporting. We may also ask you to select additional Tweets from the account you’re reporting so we have better context to evaluate your report.
  6. Once you’ve submitted your report, we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.


To report an account:

  1. Go to the account profile and click or tap the gear icon  (on web and iOS), or tap the overflow icon  (on Android).
  2. Select Report.
  3. Select They’re being abusive or harmful.
  4. Next, we’ll ask you to provide additional information about the issue you’re reporting. We may also ask you to select Tweets from that account so we have better context to evaluate your report.
  5. Once you’ve submitted your report, we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.
Note: You can report an account that you have blocked or that has blocked you. Go to that account’s profile and click or tap the gear icon, or tap the overflow icon and then select Report.

You can also report abusive behavior here.

What should I do if I receive a violent threat?

You can report Tweets or profiles directly to us (see above). Twitter may take action on the threatening Tweet and/or the responsible user account.

However, if someone has Tweeted a violent threat that you feel is credible or you fear for your own or someone else’s physical safety, you may want to contact your local law enforcement agency. They can accurately assess the validity of the threat, investigate the source of the threat, and respond to concerns about physical safety. If contacted by law enforcement directly, we can work with them and provide the necessary information for their investigation of the threat. You can get your own copy of your report of a violent threat to share with law enforcement by clicking Email report on the We have received your report screen.

What happens after I submit a report?

Once you have submitted your report, we will review the reported account and/or Tweets. If we determine that the account and/or Tweets are in violation of our policies, we will take action (ranging from warning the user, to permanently suspending the account).

Why can’t Twitter block a user from making new accounts?

IP blocking is generally ineffective at stopping unwanted behavior, and may falsely prevent legitimate users from accessing our service.

IP addresses are commonly shared by many users in a variety of locations, meaning that blocking a single IP may prevent a large number of unconnected users from logging in to Twitter. In addition, IP addresses are easy to change and blocks can be easily circumvented by logging in from a different location, a third-party service, or one of many free websites or applications.

Can Twitter give me another user’s information?

Per our Privacy Policy, Twitter does not release user information except as required by valid legal process. If you are working with the police or your lawyer, they will be able to help you with the appropriate and correct legal process for obtaining such information. If Twitter is contacted directly by law enforcement, we can work with them and provide assistance for their investigation. You can point law enforcement officials to our Guidelines for Law Enforcement.