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How to report fake account in Twitter

How to report a fake account in Twitter

Twitter has been putting quite a bit of weight behind eliminate the uncontrolled issue of fake accounts and spam bots greatly influencing many people’s experience on its platform. The company said back in July that it had removed 70 million accounts in May and June of this year for violating its policies on malicious and spammy behavior. As you can imagine, there are some fake accounts that can go unnoticed by Twitter for a long time, until someone sounds the alarm.

So that Twitter has recently updated a portion of its reporting process, specifically when you report a tweet that you think might be coming from a bot or a fake account impersonat as someone or something else. If you want to help out, you can report a fake Twitter account or tweet to the Twitter support team so they can review it. Below are the steps explained.

Step 1: Search for fake Twitter profile

Type the name of the profile you think is impersonating another individual on the search text field on Twitter home page.

Search for fake Twitter profile
Search for fake Twitter profile

 

Step 2: Open the Report window

Select the three dot icon on the right hand side of the account profile and select “Report” to open the report window.

Open the Report window
Open the Report window

In other way, you can select any tweet’s right side which reflects downwards arrow. Once you hit there, then you can see an option like “Report Tweet“, click on it.

Report a tweet
Report a tweet

Now, when you tap the “it’s suspicious or spam” option under the report menu, you will be able to specify why you think that, including an option to say “the account tweeting this is fake”, click on it.

Various options available to report 
Various options available to report

On the last step of the report window, you can choose to either “Block” the account or just hide it from your newsfeed by selecting “Mute.” Press the “Done” button to close the report window and complete your report.

Your report will go under verification of the Twitter support team. If your report is valid, Twitter will delete the fake account from its web space. They will also inform you by sending a message to your Twitter profile.

Hope this small tip helps you, if you like this post do not forget to share it on your social sites, which will help to grow awareness to report fake accounts on Twitter platform.

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Sunil Pradhan

Sunil is a front-end developer, illustrator and an online entrepreneur. He is the founder of "Hello Sunil" where he shares his love of technology with the world. He loves to write technical how-tos and tutorials. He is open minded and willing to explore beyond his knowledge.

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