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Safer Internet Day 2021: Enjoy a safer Twitter experience

Today, Feb. 9, is Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day has grown from being a European event in 2004 to being celebrated globally. Image credit: Twitter
Image credit: Twitter

Today, Feb. 9, is Safer Internet Day. And just as Safer Internet Day has grown from being a European event in 2004 to being celebrated globally, Twitter has also become a global service.

Twitter is joining safety partners from over 140 countries to mark #SaferInternetDay2021 and play its part in creating a safer internet for all. In the Philippines, it is hosting a 280-character panel discussion together with Plan International Philippines (@planphilippines), ECPAT Philippines (@ECPATPh), and UNICEF Philippines (@unicefphils) on Feb. 9, 6-7 PM. This #OnlyOnTwitter discussion will highlight the community’s role in promoting a safer internet, and share digital literacy resources to help keep people safe online.

Safer Twitter

Today, Feb. 9, is Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day has grown from being a European event in 2004 to being celebrated globally. Image credit: Safer Internet Day
Image credit: Safer Internet Day

Whether you’ve been on Twitter for a long time or are new to the service, it can’t hurt to pick up tips to have a better experience on Twitter. Here are 5 steps to enjoy a safer Twitter experience.

  • Activate two-factor authentication. For the most secure experience on Twitter, turn on login and password reset verifications. After you enable this feature, you will need your password, along with a secondary login method — either a code, a login confirmation via an app, or a physical security key to log in to your account. This can be enabled in the Security section of your account settings.
  • Protect your tweets. We’re all for self-expression, but there are just some tweets we don’t want certain people to see. By default all of your Tweets are public but you can choose to protect your tweets in settings. Be mindful of sharing personal information such as details about your home or family. If you’re tweeting pictures with children, consider putting an emoji over their face.

Safer Internet Day conversations

  • Advanced filter setting. You can control what you see and who you interact with on Twitter. Advanced filter settings allow you to disable notifications from certain types of accounts that you’d like to avoid. In addition, if your account receives a lot of sudden attention, we may insert a notification in your Notifications tab inviting you to adjust these filters to give you more control over what you see.
  • Location sharing. Twitter lets you select whether to include your location on individual tweets as well as your profile. Think before you post information that could reveal your location. Avoid sharing Information that could identify your home, office address, or where your children go to school.
  • Report content. It can be distressing to receive unsolicited tweets that are unkind or abusive — report it to Twitter (you can report tweets, accounts, lists, and direct messages). This way, you are also doing a favor for the Twitter community at large.

Twitter is encouraging conversations with a special emoji for the hashtags #SaferInternetDay and #SID2021. This will be available in eighteen languages to encourage conversations around a safer internet.

For more updates on the company’s efforts to promote a safer Twitter, follow @TwitterSafety.