Twitter is a real-time information network that allows users to find information streams they like and 'follow' the conversation. Information is presented in short bursts of information called tweets, which are limited to 140 characters or less.
Website URL: http://www.twitter.com
Twitter is intended for people over the age of 13.
If a parent becomes aware that their child has provided Twitter with personal information without their consent, the parent may contact Twitter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter states that they do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13, and if they become aware that a child under 13 has provided personal information, they take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account.
By creating an account, you agree to comply with Twitter's Terms of Service.
By default, Twitter's privacy settings are set to public so most of your information can be seen by everyone. Twitter allows you to adjust your privacy settings to control what information you share, and who you share it with.
You can adjust your privacy settings to select a protected account, which puts the following restrictions in place:
Right: an example of how to adjust Twitter's privacy settings.
To access these settings, you can:
More information on public and protected accounts is available at Twitter's Public and Protected Accounts page.
If you choose to add location to your tweets you attach your specific location to your tweets. By default, this feature is turned off and you need to opt-in to use it.
To access your Tweet location settings, you can:
More information about Tweet location is available at Twitter's FAQs about the Tweet location feature page.
Twitter last year rolled out a significant update which simplified their reporting system by allowing people to report violations through an in-Tweet reporting button. Users can still report through Twitter's forms in its Help centre.
To report an individual abusive tweet, you can:
Right: an example of how to report cyberbullying or abuse on Twitter.
More information on Twitter's policy on abusive behaviour is available at the How to Report Abusive Behaviour page.
Reporting other violations
Twitter's Rules and Terms of Service outline guidelines people must follow when using Twitter. If you believe there has been a breach of these rules or guidelines, you can report a violation under one of the following categories:
Twitter allows you to block other Twitter users. If you block someone, they will be unable to:
To block someone, you can:
Right: an example of how to block a user on Twitter.
Mute is a new feature that allows individuals to hide a user's Tweets from their timeline.
When you mute a user on Twitter, their content will no longer be visible to you, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user.
Some things to know about muting:
To mute a user, you can:
You will know you have successfully employed the mute feature when you visit the profile of a user you have muted, you will see the red mute icon. You can unmute them by visiting the muted user's profile on Twitter and click the red mute icon to unmute.
More information on how to mute a Twitter user on the web, on iOS or on Android is available at the Muting users on Twitter page.