7 tips to help create a safer experience on Twitter

(Edited Press Release)

Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. In alignment with this year’s recent Safer Internet Day theme, Together for a better internet, Twitter is continuously calling upon people to join together to make the Internet a safer and better place for all, especially for young people. In 2021, Twitter made expansions on their policies and updated their features to help ensure that people have positive experiences while using Twitter. There will always be more to do, but the service has made meaningful progress.


Being in control of your experiences on Twitter

In the digital age, the need to have safe, inclusive, and authentic conversation has become increasingly important, and Twitter is dedicated to making people feel safer and empowering them to be in control of their experience. At times you may have not had the experience you expected, here are seven tips to help you feel safer while participating in the conversation on the service:


  1. Keep your Twitter account safe by activating two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of protection. This will help ensure that only the account owner can access the account.
  2. Twitter is all for the freedom of expression; and through protected Tweets, people can now share their Tweets, thoughts, and opinions with a limited number of followers.
  3. Twitter recently rolled out the ability to have more control over who follows you. If you want to restrict an account, you can now remove them from your list of followers without blocking them (available on Twitter.com).
  4. Twitter lets people restrict Tweets from certain accounts without unfollowing or blocking them by muting these accounts. People can also use advanced mute to mute particular words, conversations, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags.
  5. Sharing location information that could identify your home, office address or even where your children go to school must be avoided. More information can be found here.
  6. Direct Messages allow you to have a private conversation or create a group conversation, but sometimes people receive unwanted DMs. DM settings allow you to filter out unwanted messages and limit messages from people you don’t follow. If the setting is turned off, you will only receive messages from people you follow. You can also toggle the quality filter to exclude low-quality or potentially spammy DMs.
  7. Twitter is all for self-expression, but if you find your private information, photos, or videos are being used without your consent, report it.