Note: If you have authorized a third-party application to access your account, that third-party application may be able to see your protected Tweets. Keep in mind that when you choose to share content on Twitter with others, this content may be downloaded or shared.
Note: When you share a link in a protected Tweet, it is automatically processed and shortened to an http://t.co link. Please note that anyone with a t.co shortened link will be able to navigate to the destination URL.
What happens when I change my Tweets from public to protected?
If you at one time had public Tweets (before protecting your Tweets), those Tweets will no longer be public on Twitter, or appear in public Twitter search results. Instead, your Tweets will only be viewable and searchable on Twitter by you and your followers.
Note: Tweets sent before you changed your settings to Protect your Tweets may still be seen by someone who had the Tweet on their Home timeline before the change. However, they won’t be able to interact with the Tweet or see its details.
What happens when I change my Tweets from protected to public?
Unprotecting your Tweets will cause any previously protected Tweets to be made public.
What happens when I share media in a protected Tweet?
If your Tweets are protected, only your followers will be able to see your media in your Tweets. Please note that your followers may download or re-share links to media that you share in protected Tweets. Links to media shared on Twitter are not protected. Anyone with the link will be able to view the content.
What happens when my Tweets are protected but still show in search engine results?
- After you protect your Tweets, only you and your followers can read your updates or see your Tweets in Twitter search.
- If you at one time had public Tweets (before protecting your Tweets), those Tweets will no longer be public or appear in public Twitter search results, unless someone had the Tweet added to their Home timeline before you changed your settings to Protect your Tweets.* However, unprotecting your Tweets will cause any previously protected Tweets to be made public.
- Find out how to remove your updates from Google search. Twitter does not have the ability to remove content on websites other than twitter.com.
What If my Tweets have never been public?
- If your Tweets have never been public (i.e., you've always had your Tweets protected in your settings), your updates should never show up in Twitter search or other public search engines.
- If they are showing up in search results, change your password immediately and revoke untrusted third-party applications. You can also file a report with the following information:
- When this started happening
- Where you've seen your private updates posted (Twitter search, Google, etc.)
- List any/all third-party applications you use