How to Delete Twitter Account

While many choose Twitter over other social networks, many don’t consider it privacy-friendly.

In July 2020, Twitter faces a major hack where several high-profile personalities, including former President Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates, are among many prominent US figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam.

A tweet with the message titled ‘Everyone is asking me to give back. You send $1,000. I send you back $2,000’ was displayed with a Bitcoin address. It’s reported that many people fell for this online scam, and the scammers received contributions totaling more than $100,000.

Learn more about the recent Twitter hack.

Note that once you’ve deleted your Twitter account, there’s no way that you can retrieve it. So, think twice before you proceed.

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How to deactivate your Twitter Account

From Windows

  • Login to Twitter with your credentials.

    login to your account
  • Click on More.

    select more
  • Head over to Settings and Privacy.

    find settings and privacy
  • Select Deactivate your Account at the bottom of the page.

    deactivate your account
  • Confirm your deletion and click on Deactivate.

    click on deactivate
  • Enter your password to ensure it’s you who’s making the decision.

    type your password

From Android

  • Login to your Account from Twitter App.
  • Go to Settings and Privacy.

    go to privacy and settings
  • Click Account.

    click on account
  • Now, click Deactivate your account.

    click on deactivate account
  • Click Deactivate.

    click deactivate again
  • Enter your password to confirm your identity.

    enter password for identification

From iOS

  • Tap Profile icon and go to Settings and Privacy.
  • Tap Deactivate your account.
  • Enter your password and tap Deactivate.

Twitter is deactivated! But will this permanently delete my account?

No. Simple deactivation won’t delete your account permanently- not at least for 30 days.

Therefore, if you change your mind before 30 days, you can always save your Twitter account from permanent deletion.

Is Twitter Safe to Use?

Apparently, Twitter is safe for use. However, the social network compromises your privacy and security making you vulnerable to external threats by hackers and cybercriminals. For example, a hacker can learn a lot more about you by checking out your tweets on Twitter. They can use this information to harm you and hack into your accounts or devices.

Cyberstalkers also use this information to monitor your daily activities and gather enough information so they can blackmail you or harm you in any manner.

You can read more about Twitter and its privacy policy here.

How to Download Your Twitter Archive?

Deleting your Twitter account means losing all those precious tweets, information and memories you’ve been posting on Twitter. The good news is that you can download your Twitter archive easily before deleting your account. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Log in to your Twitter account.
  • Choose Privacy and Safety.

    choose privacy and safety
  • Find Personalization and Data at the bottom and click on it.

    find personalization and data
  • Click on See your Twitter data under the Data option.

    click on see your twitter data
  • Click on Request Archive.

    request archive now
  • Enter your password and click on confirm.

    enter your password
  • Once the download is ready, you will see Download button. Finally click on Download Archive.

    download your archive

Is Twitter Collecting My Private Information?

Twitter is not privacy-friendly at all and is known for gathering a host of information about you. This information includes:

  • Your basic account information: your name, username, password, email address, and phone number.
  • Your contact information: if you upload or sync your phone address book with Twitter, it will keep a copy of your contacts on their servers. Also, if you send an email to Twitter’s team, the contents, as well as any contact information, can be retained by them for future use.
  • Your location: if you have a habit of tweeting from your phone, Twitter can access to your location information too.
  • Your payment information: apparently, if you share your payment information (credit card number, billing address, etc.) with Twitter for any purpose, this information will be stored by Twitter. However, you do have the option of removing these at any time.
  • Links and cookies: recent developments unveil that Twitter is eager to observe how you interact with links across their services and they can use cookies to learn about your preferences. Twitter can also monitor the device, OS, and web browser that you use to access their services.

Once your information is collected, Twitter may use it for advertising. The social network recently unveiled that your information will be utilized for advertising purposes. This means that your information collected by Twitter will be used to show you targeted ads.

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