Twitter has certain rules and policies that it expects everyone who uses it to abide by. The rules include not abusing people on Twitter. When someone breaks the rules they can be sanctioned.  We know that perpetrators use Twitter to abuse their partners or ex-partners, monitor their movements and also carry out certain behaviours such as revenge pornography.  This is unacceptable and against Twitter’s rules and policies.

Below are some of the main ways of keeping safe on Twitter. There are other tools and resources that can be used and these can be found on Twitter’s Safety Centre

Stop other people seeing your tweets- you can ‘protect your tweets’ so only people who you approve can see what you are tweeting. Here’s how to protect your tweets 

Disable your location – if your tweets have a location added it may be easier for the perpetrator or their friends and family to find you. To check your location settings and to turn it off here’s how:

  1. In the Tweet compose box on, click the button with your location.
  2. Select Turn off location from the dropdown menu.
  3. The Turn off location setting will be saved, so next time you compose a Tweet on your location information will not appear.

Block Someone who is being abusive – if you are being abused or harassed by someone online you can block them from being able to see your profile or getting any of their tweets. NOTE if you block someone they will know that you have blocked them. Here’s how to block someone 

Report abuse – you can report someone for being abusive, threatening you or harassing you on Twitter. You can report them using this form 

Use your report as evidence – if you have reported someone for being abusive you can also download and email your report to use as evidence for the police or other agencies. Here’s how to use your report as evidence 

If you are a domestic abuse service you can also report abuse on behalf of someone you are supporting through this form