Parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan account policy (the “policy”)

Our principles

Twitter provides a platform for its users to share and receive a wide range of ideas and content, and we greatly value and respect our users' right to expression. Our users are solely responsible for the content they publish and are often in the best position to resolve disputes amongst themselves. Because of these principles, we do not actively monitor users' content, and we do not edit or remove user content except in response to a Terms of Service violation or valid legal process.

Users are allowed to create parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts on Twitter, provided that the accounts follow the requirements below.

Requirements for parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts

Here are the requirements for marking your account. All requirements must be met in order to comply with the Policy.

  • Bio: The bio should clearly indicate that the user is not affiliated with the subject of the account, including, for example, by incorporating a word such as (but not limited to) "parody," "fake," "fan," or "commentary,” and be done so in a way that would be understood by the intended audience.
  • Account name: The account name (note: this is separate from the username, or @handle) should not be the exact name as the subject of the account without some other distinguishing word, such as (but not limited to) "not," "fake," or "fan," and be done so in a way that would be understood by the intended audience.

Please note that your account must be fully compliant with the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service in addition to meeting these requirements.

When does Twitter review accounts under this policy?

We will review an account under our Policy in response to an impersonation or trademark complaint.

How do I file a trademark or impersonation report?

You can submit reports regarding a trademark policy violation here, and report an account for impersonation here. For more information about filing an impersonation report, read this article.

Please provide all information requested in the form. If you submit a report with incomplete information, we will follow up with you to request that information. Please note that this will result in a delay in processing your report.

If you have trouble using the form, try updating your browser or switching to another browser.

If your report is about abusive behavior on Twitter, see this article for information on how to report it.

How does Twitter respond to reports concerning parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts?

When we receive a valid impersonation or trademark report about an account that is not in compliance with our Policy, we may give the account owner the opportunity to bring their account into compliance and we may temporarily suspend the account. Accounts with a history of repeated violations may be permanently suspended.

Please understand that an account that falls under our Policy may be deemed not to violate our trademark or impersonation policies.

Bookmark or share this article