Twitter_logo_blueBe safe.

It’s our responsibility to maintain an open and accessible communication platform and to create a safe environment for our users. We have laid out here the tips, tools, and resources that will help you to keep your account secure, understand your settings and control your Twitter experience.

Keep your account secure

Use a strong password. It’s best to make it at least 10 characters long with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols. Never share your password with anyone.

Turn on login verification. This is the best way to make sure only you can access your account. By using this feature, you’ll need your password and your phone to log in to your account. Your can find out how to by visiting https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170388

Control what others can see about you

Protected Tweets: Accounts with protected Tweets require manual approval of each and every person who wants to view that account’s Tweets. Find out more at  https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169886

Photo Tagging: You can easily change your photo tag settings.We provide three options:

  1. allow anyone to tag you,
  2. allow only followers to tag you, OR
  3. allow no one to tag you.

Find out more at https://support.twitter.com/articles/20156423-posting-photos-on-twitter#tag-settings

Location: your Tweet location is switched off by default. Learn how to include or stop including your location in your Tweets at https://support.twitter.com/articles/122236

Control what you see

Mute: you can hide a user’s Tweets from your timeline without blocking them by using the mute function. You can read more about mute at https://support.twitter.com/articles/20171399-muting-users-on-twitter

Block: prevent an account from following or seeing you on Twitter with the block function. Learn more about block at https://support.twitter.com/articles/117063

Report accounts that may violate our rules

You can report accounts that are harassing, bullying, or threatening you or someone else, especially if block and mute don’t fix the issue. We’ll investigate and determine the appropriate response. If you feel you’re in immediate danger, please contact local law enforcement.

If you work with law enforcement, it’s important to:

  • document the violent or abusive messages with printouts or screenshots.
  • be as specific as possible about why you’re concerned.
  • provide any context you have around who you believe might be involved, such as evidence of abusive behaviour from other websites.
  • provide any information regarding previous threats you may have received.
Twitter has provided this advice for keeping yourself safe when using their services. This content is adapted from “Staying Safe Online” which is available to download here.