Twitter Rules for Dummies
Do you wish the Twitter rules for dummies was short and sweet like a tweet? Just the other day Twitter updated their rules to be easier for all to understand. Or, so they said.
I was very excited to see this as many people have been messaging and/or emailing me about their Twitter suspension. These people wondered what they did to deserve such punishment via Twitter.
Twitter seemed to come down harder on peeps this past year than ever before. I often wondered what was happening.
So, when I saw the headline in my Google alert that the Twitter rules were updated and shortened I was very excited! I had to research more for my readers at Inspire To Thrive.I was very excited to see this as many people have been messaging me or emailing me about their Twitter suspension and wondering what they did to deserve such punishment via Twitter. #Twittertips Click To Tweet
Twitter Rules on Censorship
With the latest Covid-19 pandemic Twitter has begun censoring tweets that they deem “could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.” (May, 2020.)
The new policy bans tweets denying expert guidance on the virus, encouraging “fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic techniques” as well as tweets that mislead users by pretending to be from health authorities or experts.
But with all the controversy surround this hot topic, who is to say who is right or wrong? Some doctors treating patients do not agree with the numbers or the treatments.
Why can’t they debate it? This is America, land of the free, right?
The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events. Thank you Michelle! https://t.co/ZQfcfD3Hk9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
Love him or hate him, even the President’s tweet was taking down from Twitter. Did they not want the bad publicity? But it’s not just Twitter folks, it’s also Facebook, YouTube, etc. (It may be time for a new social media network to form…)
Furthermore, some folks tweeting about this pandemic have had their Twitter accounts suspended!With the latest Covid-19 pandemic Twitter has begun censorship tweets that they deem 'could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.” #Twittercensorship Click To Tweet
Twitter on Hate Speech
Yes, another update from Twitter in December of 2020 as things heated up before and after the election in the United States.
Our rules continually evolve to help keep people safe. Today, we’re expanding our hateful conduct policy to address language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 2, 2020
Twitter Users Not Getting Answers Anymore
Here is a sample from Jourdan who wrote in to me on the blog here about his Twitter account being suspended. It’s a sample of many that I received after writing an updated post about Twitter jail back in 2017.
After all I, too ended up in Twitter jail a few times over the years. But now other Twitter users were not getting any feedback, or so they’ve said!
Twitter had not been as responsive as they were in the past. Some issues included:
- Not having a mobile phone number associated with their Twitter account.
- No emails associated with their Twitter account. Or loss of passwords which is an easier fix!
- Breaking the rules 🙁 Obvious to some and not to others!
If your account has been limited – do check out the link via Twitter to help you! This link will lead to a form that submits a ticket if you cannot login or to report a problem.
And, no I do not have the phone number to Jack Dorsey!
Yes, I’ve actually been been asked that several times over the recent months.
Afterall, I ended up in Twitter jail a few times over the years. #Twitterrules Click To Tweet
The Twitter Commitments
So, why is Twitter doing all this now? The word is Commitment! They claim they want to be fair, informative, responsive and accountable. Sounds great, right?
- Fair – We will enforce our rules impartially and consistently, considering the context involved.
- Informative – Twitter will inform you about actions taken against your account and why.
- Responsive – You can appeal decisions that have impacted your account.
- Accountable – We will be transparent about actions we take to promote healthy public conversation. Therefore, by publicly reporting the metrics we are using to measure health and by publishing a regular transparency report around violations of our rules.
I hope Twitter will be more responsive going forward. Anyone that has reached out to me I suggest you do go thru the link above if you believe you did not break the Twitter rules! For anyone that did, I am sorry but you will not be able to get your Twitter account back.
I sure hope these Twitter rules for dummies will make it easier on you now!
What Are Some Things Twitter Deems Rule Breaking?
- Behavior that is directed at an individual, group, or protected category of people;
- The report has been filed by the target of the abuse or a bystander;
- Users that have a history of violating our policies;
- The severity of the violation;
- Content that may be a topic of legitimate public interest.
- Spamming the Twitter feed.
- Direct message spamming.
- Follow and unfollow at fast pace or through automation.
- Posting the same tweets on duplicate accounts that you own.
- Username squatting – A new term you can read more about below.
- Buying or selling usernames.
How is Twitter Enforcing Their Twitter Rules for Dummies Now?
According to the Twitter rules page this is what they have to say:
“We start from a position of assuming that people do not intend to violate our Rules. Unless a violation is so egregious that we must immediately suspend an account. We first try to educate people about our Rules. Then, we give them a chance to correct their behavior.
Then, we show violators the offending Tweet(s), explain which Rule was broken. Finally, we require them to remove the content before they can Tweet again.
If someone repeatedly violates our Twitter Rules, then our enforcement actions become stronger. This includes requiring violators to remove the Tweet(s) and taking additional actions. Actions like verifying account ownership and/or temporarily limiting their ability to Tweet for a set time period.”
If someone continues to violate Rules beyond that point, then their account may be permanently suspended.If someone continues to violate Rules beyond that point, then their account may be permanently suspended. #Twitterrules Click To Tweet
Twitter Rules for Dummies on Spamming the Feed
Many users do not understand the spamming term for Twitter. So, exactly what does spam to Twitter mean today?
You may not send automated Tweets or Direct Messages that are spam, or otherwise engage in spamming activity.
Some examples of spammy behavior to avoid with automation include:
- Trending topics: You may not automatically post about trending topics on Twitter. That includes the use of automation to attempt to influence or manipulate trending topics.
- Multiple posts/accounts: You may not post duplicative or substantially similar tweets on one account or over multiple accounts you operate.
- Username Squatting – Please note that if an account has had no updates, no profile image, and there is no intent to mislead, it typically means there’s no name-squatting or impersonation. Note that we will not release squatted usernames except in cases of trademark infringement.
Did you know attempts to sell, buy, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for usernames are also violations? Hence, they may result in permanent Twitter account suspension.
That’s why I’ve always recommended mixing your tweets up! For example, when I schedule them in with Agorapulse I try to mix up something even if ever so slight. I haven’t had my Twitter account suspended since using this social media management tool.
Many of you may know about those nasty automated DM’s like Mitch Mitchell who wrote about them back in 2016. Of course, I know many of you would love to see them disappear!
Automation for Twitter Rules
Bloggers and brands especially love automation for their tweets. As a social media manager I cannot blame them. Social media takes time! So, what are YOU to do?
First, you cannot like tweets in any automated way. I’m glad I don’t even know how to do this one.
Second, bulk or aggressive re-tweeting can be in violation of the Twitter rules for dummies. Twitter states you can ” Retweet or Quote Tweet in an automated manner for entertainment, informational, or novelty purposes.” So if you are being informational, you are okay!
Third, you can not automate follow or unfollowing in bulk, aggressive or in an indiscriminate manner. Hmm, what exactly does indiscriminate manner mean? That appears a little vague to me.
Lastly, do not automate your adding to lists or collections. Another task many may not even know how to do.
I see Jeff Bullas only tweeting his own stuff and over and over. He can do this because he provides informational tweets. And he tweets often! (At least every 15 minutes he has a tweet in his stream.) But, be careful as you only have 2,400 tweets per day set by Twitter rules. If you go over that amount, you may get a suspension.
— Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas) June 8, 2019
What About Twitter Follower Counts in the Twitter Rules For Dummies?
- Following (daily): The technical follow limit is 400 per day. Please note that this is a technical account limit only, and there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior. But if you have an old verified account that amount is up to 1,000 per day.
- Following (account-based): Once an account is following 5,000 other accounts, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios. And, it gets more complicated than that!
- Every Twitter account can follow up to 5,000 accounts. Once you reach that number, you may need to wait until your account has more followers before you can follow additional accounts.
- This number is different for each account and is automatically calculated based on your unique ratio of followers to following. Sounds like a magic number, right?
You can read more details on the Twitter following rules here. These Twitter rules for dummies can still be quite complicated!
Twitter Automation Tools
Does this mean you cannot use a few automation tools left to do this? If you use them to a minimum you should be fine. In fact, I’ve been using Tweepsmap for that. They send out emails weekly that shows who unfollows you and you can unfollow them when you log in. There is a FREE version and of course, a paid version of Tweepsmap. Now, please just use it SPARINGLY! (And at your own risk!)
— Martin Lindeskog???☕️?? (@Lyceum) May 30, 2019
These Twitter rules for dummies can still be quite complicated! #twitterrules Click To Tweet
What’s The Average Peep on Twitter To Do?
Be yourself. If you want to be informative tweet with link. Or, to be personal you can add a photo.
— Benton Co. Sheriff (@BentonMNSheriff) June 8, 2019
Then, if you want to be funny add a video or GIF image.
— Jobi The Lab (@JobiTheLab) June 7, 2019
But, always be polite!
Next, be sure not to auto follow or unfollow others. Lastly, don’t publish other’s private information or try to manipulate others via your tweets. Sounds simple, right?
If you are going to use any tools to automate your Twitter account be sure to use them sparingly. Of course, you can use scheduling tools as long as you mix up your tweets from time to time. If the tweets are informational like Jeff Bullas, you will be okay.
Can You Get An Old Twitter Username?
No, you are not able to. I’d love to have Lisapats but someone registered that years ago and never used it. Twitter does NOT accept requests to obtain old user names for your Twitter handle.
Maybe, you could reserve your kids Twitter handle now?
The same goes for the old Twitter verification process. Still, it is not active. Twitter has not activated that in almost 3 years now.Twitter does NOT accept requests to obtain old user names for your Twitter handle. #Twitterfacts Click To Tweet
Over to YOU on the Twitter Rules for Dummies
Do you keep up with the Twitter rules for dummies or do you just tweet away? Are you using any automation tools for your tweets?
For fear that you could be suspended by Twitter, are you doing anything different today than in the past?
Now, I’d love to know more in the comments. Be sure to share this post on your social networks.
Updated May, 2020.