There are so many accounts on Twitter that impersonate as a famous celebrity, journalist, or politician. These fake accounts keep tweeting about latest events and are sometimes mistaken as real accounts of the people that they are impersonating. These fake accounts are usually controlled by trolls or worse.
Impersonating on Twitter is considered a violation of Twitter rules and if you notify Twitter about such fake accounts, then they might take action and suspend these fake accounts. So if you find someone impersonating yourself then you should immediately report that account. Here is how:
- Login to your Twitter account in any desktop web browser on your computer.
- Find the impersonating Twitter profile and then click on the three dots button on that profile.
- From the menu that appears, choose to Report that account. This is the last option in that menu.
- In the next step, you have choose There are pretending to be me or someone else.
- The rest of the process is about choosing who they are impersonating and also supplying them with verification documents.
There is another way to report such impersonating Twitter accounts by filling up an online form at https://help.twitter.com/forms/impersonation. In this form, you have to tell them about the impersonating account, your own Twitter account (optionally) and also upload verification documents. Among the verification documents, you can upload scanned copies of your government issued ID cards that contain your photograph such as passport or driving license.
The second method of reporting impersonating fake accounts does not require you to expose your own Twitter account. You can just supply them with your verification documents and they will take appropriate action. Twitter does not suspend fake accounts that clearly indicate that they are fan or parody accounts. They suspend a fake account only when it tries to impersonate someone deceptively.