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4 Ways to Improve your Twitter Privacy Settings

1. Protecting Tweets

When you first sign up for Twitter, the default settings are that your tweets are public; meaning anyone can view and interact with your Tweets, whether or not they have a Twitter account.

You can protect your tweets, which means you will receive a request when new people want to follow you, which you can approve or deny. Accounts that were already following you will still be able to see everything you post unless you block them.

  1. Go to your Privacy and safety settings.
  2. In the Tweet privacy section, check the box next to Protect my Tweets.
  3. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted to enter your password to confirm the change.

2. Blocking Users

Blocking an account forces them to unfollow you, and if you are following them, you will also unfollow them. The user will not receive a notification alerting them that their account has been blocked. However, if a blocked account visits the profile of an account that has blocked them, they will see they have been blocked.

  1. Go to the profile page of the account you wish to block.
  2. Click either the  or  icon on their profile page.
  3. Select Mute from the options.

3. Muting Users

Mute allows you to stop seeing an account’s Tweets without unfollowing or blocking that account. Muted accounts won’t know that you’ve muted them and you can un-mute them at any time. Muting an account will not cause you to unfollow them, and doesn’t stop them from sending you a Direct Message.

  1. Go to the profile page of the account you wish to block.
  2. Click either the  or  icon on their profile page.
  3. Select Block from the menu.
  4. Click Block to confirm.

4. Mentions

A mention is whenever your username is tagged on Twitter with the @ symbol. If you want to view all of your mentions, you can do so by searching your username. From there you can choose to report tweets or block users.

 

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