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Minimum age according to Twitter
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What is Twitter?

Twitter is a social media service which allows you to share posts called ‘tweets’ and follow other users so their posts appear in your ‘feed’. Tweets are delivered in real time and are limited to 280 text characters but can include extra content such as images, video, links, keywords, location information and polls. You can also make ‘mentions’ of other users to add a link to their profile in your post, and ‘hashtags’ to link your post to other tweets about the same topic. 

You can interact with other users on Twitter by ‘tweeting back’, liking or ‘retweeting’ their post. You can also send direct messages to communicate privately and broadcast live streams to your followers.

Twitter accounts are open to the public by default, but the settings can be adjusted to make your account private and/or protect your individual tweets. 

Using Twitter is free. The company earns money by showing you advertising content, offering promoted posts and data licensing. Twitter accounts can also be linked to and shared from third party websites.


Apps: Android app, Apple iOS app

How do people use Twitter?

Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use content sharing services like Twitter.

Twitter is used for: content sharing, live streaming, location sharing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, and photo/video sharing.

How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?

How can you protect your personal information?

Key safety links

  • Safety and security
    Offers a range of general help, safety and security information when using Twitter, including hacking, spam, sensitive content and abuse.
  • Twitter rules
    Rules and policies relating to Twitter, including guidelines and enforcements options.
  • Terms of service
    Outlines the rules you agree to by using Twitter.
  • Privacy policy
    Outlines how Twitter collects and uses your data.