Twitter tip: How to make someone unfollow you

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      Until now, when you blocked people on Twitter, they couldn't follow you and wouldn't see your tweets in their streams. Of course, harassers could always go to your public profile and read your updates there, but it would take a little extra effort on their part.

      However, Twitter has changed its blocking policy, so that blocking a user really just mutes them from your point of view. A blocked harasser can now follow you, read your tweets in their stream, and even retweet them. The only upside, as far as I can tell, is that blocked users will no longer be able to tell that you've blocked them.

      Anyways, before Twitter made this latest change, it was super-easy to make someone unfollow you without permanently blocking them, if you so desired. All you had to do is block them and then unblock them.

      With the new blocking policy, this just involves a couple more steps:

      1. Select the option to "Protect my Tweets" under "Security and privacy" settings.
      2. Go to the profile of your unwanted follower and block them. This will make them unfollow you.
      3. If you want, you can then unblock them (or not).
      4. Just make sure to unprotect your tweets to make them public again.

      This won't stop someone from re-following you, but with any luck it'll be a while (or never) before they notice that they "accidentally" unfollowed you.

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      Comments

      6 Comments

      alright

      Dec 12, 2013 at 11:52pm

      the future is ever more passive aggressive!

      cuz

      Dec 13, 2013 at 2:22pm

      If you are fool enough to be on Twatter or Fakebook, you get what you deserve. They are only there to exploit you!!

      Ross

      Aug 14, 2014 at 7:35am

      Ok, thanks this was suprisinlgy really useful. I needed this person to stop following me A.S.A.P and it's been quite a while since that event and now they never tweet me as they occasionally did. Thank you so much Twitter Tip Website!! :)

      Nerijus

      Oct 19, 2014 at 7:25am

      Thanks, very useful information for non twitter person.

      yow

      Apr 22, 2015 at 1:03am

      Do they receive information that I've blocked them?

      SHADE

      Jul 26, 2015 at 7:41pm

      Yup the blocking and unblocking worked. Now that person doesn't follow me anymore.