Twitter (or X)

Minimum age according to Twitter (or X)
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What is Twitter (or X)?

Twitter (or X) 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 can include text, images, video, GIFs, 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. General tweets are limited to 280 text characters, but you can also share longer tweets of up to 4,000 characters if you subscribe to Twitter Blue (or X Blue).

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, broadcast live streams to your followers, or join a Twitter space to have live audio conversations. You can also join or set up member-based communities that are moderated by other users. Twitter circles allows you to send tweets to select people, and only the individuals you have added can interact with the tweets you share.

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 but a subscription service called Twitter Blue (or X Blue) lets you send longer tweets and gives you other features, such as the ability to edit tweets within a 1 hour window. The company also 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.

Website: twitter.com

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, in-app purchasinglive streaming, location sharing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, photo/video sharing, screen capture and voice chat.

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

How can you moderate comments and tagging?

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.
  • Data sharing with business partners
    Outlines how Twitter shares your information with its business partners.

Last updated: 01/03/2024

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