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Being impersonated on Twitter, or subject to abusive/violent threats? Take action!

Impersonation on Twitter and most other social networking website is very common. They say “Imitation is the sincerest forms of flattery”. Ok, probably you don’t feel a bit flattered when you’re seriously impersonated on Twitter, spreading incorrect information like wildfire. Take action immediately!

Twitter “Impersonation Policy” clearly states that “impersonation is a violation of the Twitter Rules. Twitter accounts portraying another person in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended under the Twitter Impersonation Policy“. Under “content boundaries and user of Twitter” in General Twitter Rules, it states that “Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others“, which also sets restrictions on unauthorized/misuse of trademarks, copyrights, and disclosure of private information. Unlawful use, specific threats of violence, pornography, targeted abuse, and username squatting.


If anyone impersonates you or imitates you on twitter, you can report it immediately via “Report an account for impersonation” form on twitter support which can be filled and submitted in just a minute or so. However, it must be reported by the person who is being impersonated or a legal proxy on his behalf. A guideline on how to report such cases and how Twitter handles such reports can be found on this link…reporting impersonation accounts


Posting another person’s private and confidential information such as credit card numbers, national identification numbers, home addresses, non public personal phone numbers & email addresses, and also images/videos considered private under applicable laws, is a violation of Twitter Rules. These violations, including abusive and violent threats can be reported online via “I’m reporting an abusive user” form


Thought I’d share this information which is available in Twitter Support page, since there are many such cases of impersonation and abusive use, violating Twitter Rules. Please feel free to share this article and take necessary action against users in violations. 

Cheers! 

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