Twitter: Blocking Direct Messages from Non-followers

The social networking service Twitter recently changed how Direct Messages work so that people you aren't following can send you private messages. Odds are you really don't want that, so it's a good idea to make sure the setting is disabled. Luckily, it's easy to find, and we'll show you how.

To make sure Direct Messages from people you aren't following is disabled,do this:

  • Go to the Twitter website in your favorite browser and login to your account.
  • Click the gear button in the upper right corner of your Twitter Home screen.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Make sure Receive direct messages from any follower is unchecked.

Twitter now lets non-followers DM you if you let them. Ugh.Twitter now lets non-followers DM you if you let them. Ugh.

Now the only people that can send you private messages in Twitter are people that you're personally following. The setting should be disabled by default, but it's still a good idea to double check.

Why block non-followers from sending you private messages, you ask? How about to keep those pesky spammers and the occasional stalker from constantly bugging you.