How to Block Twitter Followers


twitter-logo-with-word-blockedWe have all been there, someone starts following you on Twitter and all of a sudden, they are either harassing you or tweeting things you don’t want to see. In this day and age of social media it is nice to know you can take some steps to deal with unwanted followers (creepers, trolls or just weirdos). With many of my clients I have noticed they know how to use Twitter but only to Tweet or change something in their profile. The rest is what I’m there for and this issue is one I have to deal with more often than I want. If someone is bothering you on Twitter, you can block, report or even mute that follower. In this article I will  show you how to block them.

Blocking A Twitter Follower

Step 1: Log in to your Twitter account. Just head here (twitter.com) and up on the right, click the Log in button.

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Step 2: Once logged in, you will arrive on your home page. From here, you will want to go to the left of your screen under your header photo. Here you will see the word, “Followers”. Click it.

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Step 3: This will bring up all your Twitter followers. Now you will need to scroll down to the one you wish to block. I will be choosing this one because I know it is a spam/dummy account. Right under their banner image you will see a sprocket (Meet George Jetson… his boy Elroy… Love that cartoon). Click on it.

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Step 4: Now you will see a drop down menu with many options from Blocking to Sending them a direct message or Mute @name. You will want to select “Block @name.” If they are a more aggressive follower, you can choose the option “Report” from the list to report them to Twitter.

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Step 5: You will now see a confirmation window. From here all you will need to click the Block button.


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You have officially blocked this follower and you will no longer see their posts, messages or anything else from them.

Blocked accounts cannot:

  • Follow you
  • View your Tweets when logged in on Twitter
  • Find your Tweets in search when logged in on Twitter
  • Send Direct Messages to you
  • View your following or followers lists, likes or lists when logged in on Twitter
  • View a Moment you’ve created when logged in on Twitter
  • Add your Twitter account to their lists
  • Tag you in a photo

There is a second way to get the same result. That is, after signing in to Twitter,  head to the Followers profile page and look at the right side under their header image. Here you will see that same sprocket from the above steps. Just click it and you can block them from there.

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About the Author

Jason Shuffield

Jason Shuffield began working with computers at an early age. As he gained experience he began helping others who had difficulties with technology and requested assistance. Over time it became obvious there was a local need for a technology expert with great people skills. As a result Jason started his computer repair company, CYIN, in 2011. With years of experience in web design, computer repair, tech support, computer training and social media management Jason loves to share his knowledge and educate people.

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