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.
How do people use Twitter?
Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use content sharing services like Twitter.
How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?
- Report a tweet or direct message
Learn how to report abuse or inappropriate content in a tweet or direct message.
- Report a user
How to report abusive or harassing behaviour on Twitter.
- How to block accounts on Twitter
Control who you interact with on Twitter and stop specific accounts from contacting you.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Profile visibility settings
Outlines which information on your profile is visible publicly and which items can be configured to limit who can see them.
- Public and protected tweets
Outlines the difference between public and protected tweets and who can see them.
- Twitter privacy
Learn how to make your account as secure as possible.
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.
Outlines how Twitter collects and uses your data.