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Reporting a Tweet or flagging a Direct Message for violations

You can report Tweets or flag Direct Messages that are in violation of the Twitter Rules or our Terms of Service. Violations you can report Tweets for include spam, abusive or harmful content, impersonation, copyright, or trademark violations. You can report any Tweet you see on Twitter, including Tweets in your Home timeline, the Notifications tab, or in Twitter search.

To report a Tweet:

  1. Navigate to the Tweet you’d like to report.
  2. Click or tap the more icon ••• on web and iOS; or the overflow icon  on Android.
  3. Select 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. We may also ask you to select additional Tweets from the account you’re reporting 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 Tweets from an account that you have blocked. You cannot report Tweets from an account that has blocked you, but you can report that account. For instructions on how to report an account, see our Reporting abusive behavior article.

To flag a Direct Message:

You can flag an individual Message, as well as a full conversation.

To flag an individual Message using the Twitter for iOS or Android app:

  1. Tap the Direct Message conversation and find the Message you’d like to flag.
  2. Tap and hold the Message and select Flag from the menu that pops up.
  3. Select Flag as spam or Mark as abusive.

 

To flag an individual Message via the web:

  1. Click into the Direct Message conversation and find the Message you’d like to flag.
  2. Hover over the Message and click the flag icon  when it appears.
  3. Select Flag as spam or Mark as abusive and click again to confirm.

 

To flag a conversation using the Twitter for iOS or Android app:

  1. From the list of Direct Messages in your inbox, swipe left on the Message conversation you’d like to flag.
  2. Tap the flag icon 
  3. Select Flag as spam or Mark as abusive.

 

To flag a conversation via the web:

  1. Click into the Direct Message conversation you’d like to report.
  2. Click the more icon •••
  3. Select Flag.
  4. Select Flag as spam or Mark as abusive and click again to confirm.
Note: Once you have flagged the Message or conversation, it will be deleted from your Messages inbox.

What happens when I report a Tweet or flag a Direct Message?

  • Reported Tweets will disappear from your timeline.
  • Reporting a Tweet does not automatically result in the account being suspended.
  • Flagged Messages and conversations will disappear from your inbox and cannot be recovered.

Why do I see a “suspicious content” warning in my Direct Messages?

Twitter will hide Messages that might be suspicious or contain suspicious URLs (e.g. spam-related). You can let us know if the Message is OK or if it is spam:

  1. Tap the “suspicious content” warning to view the Message.
  2. If the Message looks like spam, tap This is Spam to report it.
  3. If the Message is not suspicious, tap Message OK to keep it in your inbox.

What’s the difference between reporting an account and reporting a Tweet?

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

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