Twitter collects all sorts of data on you, from when you created your account and places you’ve been, to personally-identifying information such as your name, age, and gender. Here’s how to see what Twitter knows about you.
What Does Twitter Know About You?
Twitter knows everything you share with it, and it collects and stores the information you agree to let it collect and store. This information can be anything from your Twitter account info like your phone number and email address, your login history, your account activity, and even your interests.
If you want to hear straight from the source what information Twitter has on you, you can check out its help page—but here’s an overview for your convenience:
- Account information: Your basic account information, including your username, email address, phone number, account creation details, birthday, gender, age range, and profile location.
- Account history: Your login history details and any locations you’ve accessed Twitter from.
- Apps and devices: The browsers and mobile devices associated with, and the apps connected to, your account.
- Account activity: The people you’ve blocked/muted.
- Interests and Ads data: Twitter makes assumptions about your interests based on various account and device information. You can see the Twitter ad partners who’ve added you to their targeted audiences.
Obviously, any Tweets you’ve shared on Twitter or private messages you’ve sent are stored as well. If you want the details of this information, you’re going to have to request a copy of your data archive from Twitter.
How to Request and Download Your Data Archive
You can request a copy of your data from Twitter. This allows you to review what info you have floating around out there so you can decide if you’re comfortable with keeping it that way, if you’d like to tighten your privacy on Twitter, or if you’d prefer to just have everything deleted.
You can request your data archive from either your desktop or mobile app. Regardless of the device you’re using, log in to your Twitter account. Once logged in, swipe right on mobile, or click the More button on desktop, to bring up the navigation menu.
Next, click or tap “Settings and Privacy” from the navigation menu.
From here, the steps are a bit different between desktop and mobile. On desktop, just click “Download an Archive of Your Data.” If you’re on mobile, you’ll need to tap Account > Your Twitter Data > Download Archive.
From there, no matter if you’re on mobile or desktop, click or tap the “Request Archive” button.
Twitter will send a verification code to your email address to confirm it’s you. Enter the verification code and then you’ll get a message saying the request has been received.
You’ll need to have a bit of patience, as it can take up to 24 hours (or sometimes longer) to process your request. Twitter will notify you via email or a push notification (or both) when your data is ready for download.
Manage Your Data
To a certain extent, you can manage which data is shared with or on Twitter. The info you share on Twitter, obviously, depends on what you feel like Tweeting. The info you share with Twitter can be managed (again, to an extent) in Settings and Privacy > Your Account.
Twitter has a pretty comprehensive collection of documentation highlighting everything you need to know about your privacy on Twitter. Carefully read through it to know what your rights, and Twitter’s policies, are.
If you’ve decided you aren’t comfortable with the amount of your personal information that’s floating around, then you can delete your Twitter account. When you delete your Twitter account, all of your info will be instantly removed from the public. However, it takes 30 days for your info to be removed from Twitter’s servers.
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