Twitter gathers a variety of information about you, including when you created your account and where you’ve been, as well as personally identifiable information like your name, age, and gender. Here’s how to see what Data Twitter Has on you.
What Does Twitter Know About You?
Twitter has access to everything you share with it, and it collects and stores the data you agree to share. This information could include your Twitter account information, such as your phone number and email address, as well as your login history, account activity, and even your interests.
If you want to hear it straight from the source about what information Twitter has on you, go to its help page—but here’s a quick rundown:
- 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.
Any Tweets you’ve shared on Twitter, as well as any private messages you’ve sent, are obviously saved. You’ll have to request a copy of your data archive from Twitter if you want the specifics on this information.
How to Request and Download Your Data Archive
You can ask Twitter for a copy of your data. This allows you to review what information is out there and decide whether you’re comfortable with it being that way, if you’d like to tighten your Twitter privacy, or if you’d rather have everything deleted.
Either your desktop or mobile app can be used to request your data archive. Log in to your Twitter account, regardless of which device you’re using. To access the navigation menu, swipe right on a mobile device or click the More button on a desktop.
Then, from the navigation menu, select “Settings and Privacy.”
The next steps differ slightly depending on whether you’re on a desktop or a mobile device. Simply select “Download an Archive of Your Data” from the desktop menu. You’ll need to tap Account > Your Twitter Data > Download Archive if you’re on a mobile device.
From there, click or tap the “Request Archive” button, whether you’re on mobile or desktop.
To confirm your identity, Twitter will send you a verification code to your email address. After you enter the verification code, you’ll receive a message stating that your request has been received.
You’ll need to be patient, as processing your request can take up to 24 hours (and sometimes longer). When your data is ready to download, Twitter will send you an email or a push notification (or both).
Manage Your Data
You can control which data is shared with or on Twitter to some extent. Obviously, the information you share on Twitter is determined by your mood. Settings and Privacy > Your Account allows you to control (to some extent) the information you share with Twitter.
Twitter has a fairly comprehensive set of documentation that covers everything you need to know about your privacy on the platform. Read it thoroughly to learn about your rights and Twitter’s policies.
You can delete your Twitter account if you’ve decided that the amount of personal information that’s floating around is too much for you. When you delete your Twitter account, all of your information is removed from the public domain immediately. Your information will be removed from Twitter’s servers after 30 days.