It’s common to receive unwanted tweets or messages on social networks. Twitter’s open and public nature makes it easy for users who may not know you or have contact with you in real life to become a nuisance. However, these individuals should not be responsible for you avoiding Twitter and the platform has a block functionality for precisely this purpose.
To prevent spam and protect yourself from abusive messages on Twitter, you might want to block the user to blame.
Blocking someone on Twitter: the method
Log in to your Twitter account. Use the search box in the top right-hand corner of the screen to search for the user you would like to block and then click on their name when they appear.
When this user’s Twitter page appears, you will see a blue button indicating whether or not you follow this person. To the right of this button, you will see a person icon. Click on this. On the drop down menu, select ‘Block + their user name.’
Once you have blocked a user, they won’t be able to follow you or send you messages. If your tweets are public, they’ll still be able to see them, but they won’t come up on your ‘Followers’ list and you won’t come up on their ‘Following’ list.
Many celebrities use Twitter’s block function as the first port of call when it comes to distancing themselves from trolls. You can also report users if they continue to send abusive messages. They won’t know you’ve reported them and don’t feel bad about it so go ahead and report the trolls!