How To Protect Tweets? [in 2022]

Written by: Emily Anderson
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After you sign up for a Twitter account, you can decide to protect your tweets or allow them to stay public. Do you want to know how to protect tweets? This article will cover all that.

What are protected Tweets?

Protected tweets are only seen or visible to your Twitter followers. But be that as it may, it is important to know that while you have set your tweets as protected, all your followers can still take screenshots of your tweets and even share these protected Tweets.

Also, for protected tweets, when people want to follow you, you’ll get a request that will allow you to either deny or approve.

However, all the accounts that started following you way back before you brought your protected tweets will still have a chance to see your tweets, not unless you decide to block them.

How to protect tweets?

Here is a step-by-step procedure on how you can protect tweets:

Step 1: Tap or click on the More icon (3 dots)

Step 2: Next, go to “Settings and Privacy.”

Step 3: Move to “Audience and Tagging,” and next to “Protect Your Tweets,” check the box.

What happens when you protect tweets?

Are you wondering what will happen after you’ve protected your account? If yes, I will show you what happened when you activated this helpful Twitter option. I will break down this occurrence into two: About your followers and your tweets.

  • About your followers

If new followers wish to follow you, they will first need to seek your consent, allowing you to either approve or deny the request. But it is important to note that this happens only for the new followers.

That implies that if someone decides to unfollow you while your Twitter account is protected and later wishes to follow you again, they’ll be required to send you a request first.

Also, your Twitter followers cannot retweet or share your tweets or even add a comment while retweeting. Further, if they share a link from your tweet and other users who are not your followers, the tweet won’t be visible to them.

Lastly, Twitter users who double up as your followers will only be able to do a search and get content you tweet about on Twitter.

  • About your tweets

First of all, the tweets that you post may only be visible to people who follow you. And that also applies to any of your links found in your account.

Secondly, all the content you share on the platform won’t appear on any other search engine apart from Twitter.

Further, in terms of the interaction of another account, for instance, when it comes to responding to a post, the Twitter followers who see the tweets but are not your followers won’t be in a position to see your tweets.

Finally, All the tweets you initially posted before you made the public won’t see your account private, and they’ll also not be found in the search outcomes.

How to unprotect Tweets?

If you wish to unprotect your Tweets, then you should follow the below steps:

Step 1: Tap or click on the More icon (3 dots)

Step 2: Next, go to “Settings and Privacy.”

Step 3: Move to “Audience and Tagging,” and next to “Protect Your Tweets,” uncheck the box.

Note: For android and iOS apps, you need to uncheck the box or drag the slider near “Protect your Tweets.”

Also, you should ensure that you review all the pending requests before you can make your Tweets public.

How to see protected Tweets?

To see protected tweets, you need to click the request icon, and if the individual on the subject approves your request, you’ll now be able to see all their tweets.

Also, you can view protected tweets without the need to follow them individually on Twitter by just following the individual by creating a fake Twitter ID; the individual should approve your request, and you’ll be able to see their protected tweets.

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