Twitter is a place to share ideas and information, connect with your communities, and see the world around you. In order to protect the very best parts of that experience, Twitter provides tools designed to help you control what you see and what others can see about you, so that you can express yourself on Twitter with confidence.
Control what you see
We make it easy for you to take action on a Tweet. Tap the icon at the top of any Tweet, right from your Home timeline, to quickly access options like unfollow, mute, block, report, and more.
Unfollowing is the simplest action you can take to stop seeing someone’s Tweets on your Home timeline. You can always follow an account again if you change your mind. You can access this option from the icon in a Tweet.
Read more about how to unfollow people.
Your Notifications timeline displays your interactions with other Twitter accounts, such as mentions, likes, Retweets, and who has recently followed you. If you’re receiving unwanted replies or mentions from accounts you do not follow, you can filter the types of notifications you receive.
Read instructions for adjusting your Notifications timeline.
I don’t like this Tweet
When you mark a Tweet as I don’t like this Tweet, it helps Twitter better understand the types of Tweets that you’d like to see less of in your Home timeline. We may use this information to optimize and tailor your experience in the future. You can access this option from the icon in a Tweet.
Muting another Twitter account means you will not see that account’s Tweets in your timeline. It’s a great way to stay connected with friends, even if you aren’t interested in seeing all of their Tweets. Muted accounts are not notified that you’ve muted them, and you will still get notifications when they mention you in Tweets and send you Direct Messages. You can also mute accounts you do not follow so that you don’t see their Tweets in your Notifications timeline.
Muting is different than blocking or unfollowing: Accounts you have muted have no way to tell that you are muting them. You can access this option from the icon in a Tweet.
Read more about muting accounts.
When you block an account on Twitter, you restrict that account’s ability to interact with your account. It can be an effective way to handle unwanted interactions from accounts you do not want to engage with.
Accounts you have blocked will not be able to view your Tweets, following or followers lists, likes, or lists when logged in on Twitter, and you will not receive notifications of mentions directly from those accounts. You’ll also stop seeing their Tweets in your timeline.
Blocked account may notice you have blocked them if they try to visit your profile or follow you, but they will not receive any notifications that you have blocked them. You can access this option from the icon in a Tweet.
Read more about blocking accounts.
If you think an account or Tweet is in violation of the Twitter Rules or our Terms of Service, tell us about it by reporting the account or Tweet to us. Some of the violations you can report include: abuse, sensitive media, impersonation, and spam. Submitting a report will take a few steps, but your report will help us make Twitter a better place for everyone. You can access this option from the icon in a Tweet.
Read more what you can report to Twitter.
Control the media you see in Tweets
Your Privacy and safety settings include Tweet media options, if you decide that you want to see a warning over media in Tweets that may contain sensitive content. Your settings default is to provide the warning, but you can change the setting at any time.
Read more about how to control the media you see in Tweets.
Control what others see about you
Protect your Tweets
Protecting your Tweets means your Tweets will only be visible to your followers. With your Tweets protected, you have control of your Twitter experience: every time someone wants to follow your account, you have the choice to accept or decline their request.
Any accounts that were following you before your Tweets were protected will continue to follow you (which means you will not have to approve them again), but you can stop them from following you by blocking them.
Read more about public and protected Tweets.
Tagging friends in photos can be a great way to stay connected, but you might decide you want your Twitter experience to be more private. You can choose between allowing anyone, just friends, or no one to tag you in photos.
Read about changing your photo tagging settings.
Finding friends and people you care about on Twitter can lead to a great experience, and by using your email address or phone number we can help you easily make those connections.
However, you may prefer to find friends and contacts without our help, and adjusting the setting to keep your account from being discoverable in this way is easy. Read more about discoverability settings and how to change your discoverability.
Sharing your location in Tweets
Twitter lets you select whether to include your location on each individual Tweet. While sharing your location allows your followers to comment and make recommendations on things to do or places to go, there are also risks involved with sharing your location publicly. Since you may not know all your followers, it’s a good idea to be conscious of what you are choosing to share.
You can flag your own Tweets as possibly containing sensitive media so that other people will see a warning before the media is displayed.
Read more about how to mark the media in your Tweets as containing sensitive content.
Know what information you are providing third-party applications
Other companies have developed applications to broaden your Twitter experience. Before connecting to a third-party application, be sure to visit their website and familiarize yourself with their Terms of Service. Learn more about authorizing and connecting to a third party application.
Twitter has finally come up with a solution to muzzle trolls.
The company published a blog post on Thursday announcing two new controls for filtering your notifications. Twitter notifications are the primary method through which trolls can contact and harass users.
The first new setting reduces the noise in your notifications stream. By default, anyone who mentions your Twitter username with the “@” symbol shows up in your Twitter notifications. It doesn’t matter if they’re asking a simple question, offering constructive criticism, or threatening to cut your head off. Everyone shows up.
The new setting filters your notification down to solely people you follow. The new filter works on Twitter’s apps and the website. It’s not clear if third-party Twitter apps can also apply it.
Why this matters: Many — perhaps most — Twitter users don’t really have a need for this kind of filtering. But for people such as celebrities, politicians, or outspoken feminists, Twitter notifications can be a very dark place. For these people personal threats and other objectionable comments from random Twitter users are commonplace. The new notifications filters will make Twitter a more hospitable place for anyone who wants to speak their mind without having to sort through a deluge of hate.
The unfortunate side effect of this, however, is that people who are being targeted for online harassment are effectively putting themselves in a bubble. In other words, the long-held idea of using Twitter as an “online water cooler” to chat and share ideas with strangers will be over—if it ever truly existed in the first place.
It’s all about quality
The second new setting is called a quality filter. This setting, which was turned on by default for my account, removes what Twitter calls “lower-quality content.” This low-brow stuff can be things like duplicate tweets or bot-generated content. The quality filter affects your notifications and “other parts of your Twitter experience.” Presumably, that means your primary timeline. The low-quality filter never restricts people you follow or those whom you’ve recently interacted with—don’t feed the trolls, folks.
How to turn on the new settings
Getting to the new settings is easy on Twitter’s website. First login to the service and then click on the Notifications tab. To the right of your mentions, click the new Settings link.
Alternatively, you can navigate directly to twitter.com/settings/notifications_timeline.
This settings area has two check boxes for filtering your tweets by people you follow as well as applying the quality filter. Check or uncheck whichever box you’d like, select Save changes, and you’re done. Accessing these settings via Twitter’s mobile apps is similar. Mobile users should also tap on Notifications and then tap the settings cog in that area, which takes you directly to the two new filters.
If you don’t see the new settings they may not yet be available for your account. Try updating your mobile apps or logging in to the website. If that doesn’t work sit tight; the new features should show up for you in the coming days.
If you apply the filter to only allow mentions from people you follow it’s also advisable to make sure your account restricts who can send you direct messages. You can double check this setting on Twitter.com by going to Settings > Security and privacy.
Now let the haters keep on hatin’, because you’ll never know one way or the other.