How Do You Block Someone On Twitter – I Have Received Inappopriate DMs
One of the lovely ladies at my Women in Business networking group took me to one side and explained that she had an embarrassing problem.
“I’m really trying to use Twitter to promote my business but someone has been sending me inappropriate direct messages asking to see my photo. I just don’t know what to do”
I promised her a post on the subject, so here we go:
To block a Twitter user:
Log in to your Twitter account.
Go to the profile page of the person you wish to block.
Click the person icon on their profile page. This brings up a drop-down actions menu.
Select Block from the options listed.
What happens once someone has been blocked?
Once Blocked, those users cannot:
- Add your Twitter account to their lists.
- Have their @replies or mentions show in your mentions tab (although these Tweets may still appear in search).
- Follow you.
- See your profile picture on their profile page or in their timeline.
Unfollowing rather than Blocking a person on Twitter
I think I should point out that you cannot receive a direct message from someone if you have not followed them. So, if you would rather unfollow them first and see if that makes a difference, that is also an option.
Click the Following link on your home page or profile page.
Hover over the blue Following button next to any user on your following list, which will change to a red Unfollow.
Clicking this button will unfollow the desired user.
Who can see my Tweets?
You should also remember that if you have not protected your Tweets – which means that only selected users can see them and makes Twitter marketing a bit pointless, they are public and so will still be visible to anyone on your public profile page whether they have a Twitter account or not.
Will the person know that I have blocked them?
Twitter will not send a notification to a user when you block them, but because they will no longer be able to follow you, they may work out that they’ve been blocked.
What other action can I take?
If you feel that the direct messages constitute harrassment or that the individual could pose a threat to other users, you can report the profile to Twitter who will take the appropriate action.
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