Report spam on Twitter

What is spam?

"Spam" refers to a variety of prohibited behaviors that violate the Twitter Rules. Spam can be generally described as unsolicited, repeated actions that negatively impact other people. This includes many forms of automated account interactions and behaviors as well as attempts to mislead or deceive people. Behaviors that constitute "spamming" on Twitter will continue to evolve.

There is a list of examples of what constitutes “spamming” in the Twitter Rules. 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 unfollowing for attention)
  • Abusing the reply or mention functions to post unwanted messages to accounts
  • 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
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How to report a profile for spamming

  1. Visit the account's profile.
  2. Tap the gear icon 
  3. Select Report from the menu.
  4. Select They are posting spam to submit your report.
  5. Next we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.

How to report a profile for spamming

  1. Visit the account's profile.
  2. Tap the overflow icon 
  3. Select Report from the menu.
  4. Select They are posting spam to submit your report.
  5. Next we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.

How to report a profile for spamming

  1. Visit the account's profile.
  2. Click the overflow icon 
  3. Select Report from the menu.
  4. Select They are posting spam to submit your report.
  5. Next we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.

How to report individual Tweets

You can also report individual Tweets that are in violation of the Twitter Rules or our Terms of Service

To report a Tweet for spamming:

  1. Navigate to the Tweet you’d like to report.
  2. Click or tap the  icon.
  3. Select Report Tweet
  4. Select It’s spam to submit your report.
  5. Next we’ll provide recommendations for additional actions you can take to improve your Twitter experience.

If you find other harmful, annoying, or illegal content on Twitter, find out how to report other potential violations.

What can I do to protect myself from spam on Twitter?

You can help protect your account by following some easy precautions, discussed in this article about account security tips.

What can cause spam to spread on Twitter?

  • Harmful links (including links to phishing or malware sites)
  • Malicious 3rd party apps that automatically post harmful links or administer spammy actions (follows, likes, Retweets, etc.)
  • Compromised or hacked accounts used for spammy activities or actions

What is Twitter doing to stop spam?

Twitter takes fighting spam seriously, and we want our users to enjoy the service without being concerned about spam. Our anti-spam team continues to evolve and respond to new forms of spam to enable a spam-free environment on Twitter.

While we have systems and tools to detect spam on Twitter, we also rely on you to help by reporting spam.

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