Twitter collects all kinds of data about you, from the time you created your account and the places you’ve been, to personally identifiable information like 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 collects and stores the information that you agree to collect and store. This information can be anything from your Twitter account information like your phone number and email address, your login history, your account activity, and even your interests.

If you want to hear directly from the source what information Twitter has about you, you can check their help page, but here is an overview for your convenience:

  • Account Information: Your basic account information, including your username, email address, phone number, account creation details, date of birth, gender, age range, and profile location.
  • Account history: the details of your login history and any location from which you have accessed Twitter.
  • Applications and Devices: The browsers and associated mobile devices and the applications connected to your account.
  • Account activity: the people you have blocked / muted.
  • Interests and ad data: Twitter makes assumptions about your interests based on information from various accounts and devices. You can see the Twitter advertising partners that added you to their target audiences.

Obviously, all the Tweets you have shared on Twitter or the private messages you have sent too are stored. If you want the details of this information, you will need to request a copy of your Twitter data file.

How to request and download your data file

You can request a copy of your data on Twitter. This allows you to review the information you have floating around so you can decide if you are comfortable keeping it that way, if you want to tighten your privacy on Twitter, or if you prefer to have everything. removed.

You can request your data file from your desktop computer or from your mobile application. Regardless of the device you are using, log into your Twitter account. Once logged in, swipe right on the mobile device or click the More button on the desktop to open the navigation menu.

Click on more.

Then click or tap “Settings & Privacy” in the navigation menu.

Select Settings and Privacy.

From here, the steps are a little different between desktop and mobile. On the desktop, just click “Download a file of your data”. If you’re on a mobile device, you’ll need to tap Account> Your Twitter details> Download file.

From there, it doesn’t matter if you’re on a mobile device or a desktop computer, just click or tap the “Request file” button.

Click Request File.

Twitter will send a verification code to your email address to confirm that it is you. Enter the verification code and then you will receive a message saying the request was received.

You will need to be patient as it may take up to 24 hours (or sometimes longer) to process your request. Twitter will notify you by email or a push notification (or both) when your data is ready to download.

Manage your data

To some extent, you can manage what data is shared with Twitter or on Twitter. The information you share on Twitter obviously depends on what you feel like tweeting. The information you share with Twitter can be managed (again, to some extent) in Settings and Privacy> Your account.

Twitter has a collection quite complete documentation that highlights everything you need to know about your privacy on Twitter. Please read it carefully to find out what your rights are and the policies of Twitter.

If you have decided that you are not comfortable with the amount of personal information that is floating around, you can delete your Twitter account . When you delete your Twitter account, all your information will be instantly removed from the public. However, it takes 30 days for your information to be removed from Twitter’s servers.

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