Is permission required from All tweet posters to display tweets on a website?



Say if 1000 tweet IDs are used to fetch tweets via twitter API and display them, then is it required to take permission from the tweet posters before displaying the tweets.?

Take example of this site (this is not my site) -


No, if the Tweets are posted publically this is fine. If the Tweets are posted by protected accounts you should not display them (and Twitter’s embedded web widgets would not show them)


Andy, Thanks for your prompt reply.

Can you please also tell this from the angle of consumer. Can consumer sue the website owner for displaying his / her public tweets (using Twitter widgets) ? Or is there anything in the Twitter Privacy Terms whereby the Twitter user is allowing the website owner who is appropriately displaying to display user`s tweets on his website ?


We are unable to provide legal advice on these developer forums. You should review the terms for yourself in order to reach your own conclusions.


I am also a non-legal person . I asked twitter. They have not replied since days. Anyone has any info on this ? Or can anyone give link to any forum where this can be asked.


I suggest you refer to the Twitter Terms of Service for the consumer side of this story and the rights that users grant Twitter to display their content.


Thanks. This solved my query.

I found this in the Twitter Terms of Service -

By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).