Twitter is known to be one of the spammiest social networks. Of course, every social media channel has this problem, but Twitter has an exceptionally large number of fake accounts, as well as annoying people that may attempt to contact you. Luckily, it is possible to block messages from unknown accounts on Twitter so you won’t have to deal with these annoyances anymore.
Despite these problems, Twitter is trying to deal with them. The network has a feature that’s much like the Others inbox we have on Facebook. If you’re not familiar with it, you should know that inbox filters messages from unknown accounts so you can still see them if you visit it but they won’t bother you otherwise.
Thanks to this new capability, all messages from unknown accounts you receive on Twitter will end up in a special “Requests” tab in your inbox. An unknown account is any account you never interacted with and you’re also not following. Once an unknown account sends a message in your Requests tab, it cannot message you again unless you reply to their first message.
How to block messages from unknown accounts on Twitter
On your iOS or Android device, open the Twitter app and tap on your profile icon. Tap on Settings and Privacy in the navigation drawer.
On the next screen tap on Privacy and Safety and on the Privacy screen enable the option called “Receive direct messages from anyone”.
As you can see in the image above, the Twitter inbox has two tabs. All messages from unknown accounts will end up in the Requests tab. You can read any message received in the Requests tab without the sender knowing. Also, you can tap on Accept if you want to communicate with that person or Delete if you don’t ever want to hear from them again. It’s also possible to report or block the account.
It’s also possible to block messages from unknown accounts on Twitter via the web interface. Open Twitter in your browser and click on your profile icon located in the upper right section of the screen. Click on Settings and privacy in the drop-down menu.
This will take you to the Settings and Privacy page. There, click on “Privacy and safety” in the left-hand column. Now, find the section called Direct Messages and make sure the “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” option is unchecked.
Sadly, the web version of Twitter has a unified inbox and this means that you will receive all messages in the same window, including the ones from unknown accounts. However, they do work just like on the mobile apps. You can still read messages from unknown senders without them knowing and they won’t be able to send more messages unless you click the Accept button or you message them back.