How to Block a Person From Viewing Your Twitter

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Twitter lets you set various privacy options. The default setting is public: Anyone in the world with Internet access can view your tweets by visiting your Twitter profile on the Web. You can add extra privacy by blocking specific Twitter users from seeing your tweets in their timelines. To prevent any person from seeing your tweets unless you specifically grant permission to do so, you can protect your tweets.

  • Open a browser and type "twitter.com" (without the quotes) in the address bar. Press "Enter."

  • Type your Twitter username and password in their respective boxes in the top-right area of the screen. Press "Enter."

  • Click the username of a Twitter user in your timeline, mentions or retweets columns, or in the followers, following or lists area of your Twitter homepage. This displays the person's Twitter profile.

    Alternatively, you can enter "twitter.com/username" in your browser's address bar (without the quotes, and where "username" is the username of a person you want to block) and press "Enter."

  • Click the options icon -- the one depicting a gear -- while viewing the person's profile, and select "Block" from the drop-down menu. Your tweets will no longer show up in that person's timeline -- and that person's tweets will no longer show up in your timelines -- but the person can still view your tweets by directly visiting your Twitter profile on the Web. For further protection, continue to steps 5 and 6.

  • Click your username in the top-right area of the screen while signed in and select "Settings."

  • Scroll down the main Twitter Settings page until you see "Tweet Privacy." Click the box labeled "Protect My Tweets" and click the "Save" button below. This prevents anyone (except for the Twitter users you expressly authorize) from seeing your future tweets.

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