Recently, I logged into my Twitter.com account. Twitter users know, this is not a frequent occurrence because most of us use third-party applications like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck or any of the mobile apps. But it is a necessity, especially as an activist, in order to help keep the information on your account safe and secure.
The new twitter setting available is called, “Tweet Media,” and has two options. The first option is important to activists because selecting to check or uncheck this option will either display or not display media (i.e. videos and photos) determined by a user as ‘sensitive content.’ The second option available allows a user to set their account to be categorized as ‘sensitive content.’ Twitter gives this explanation: “If you tweet images or videos that may contain sensitive content, please check this box so that people can be warned before they see it.” Learn more »
Here are the steps to editing the settings to your twitter account:
- Login at twitter.com
- Select ‘settings’ from the drop down menu available on your username
- Scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Account’ tab.
- Review selections.
Suggested settings for activists (new settings in bold):
- For Tweet Location: uncheck ‘Add a location to your Tweets’
- For Tweet Media: check ‘Display media that may contain sensitive content’
- For Tweet Media: uncheck ‘Mark my media as containing sensitive content’
- For Tweet Privacy: leave this unchecked ONLY if you want your account to be public
- For HTTPS Only: check ‘Always use HTTPS’
Other settings that have been available, but an activist should review regularly:
- Mobile tab: if you use this to be able to SMS messaging be sure to uncheck ‘Let others find me by my phone number’
- Applications tab: review and revoke access to applications that you do not want to have access to your twitter account (check at least every two months)
- Password tab: change your password every one to two months
This post is part of our Human Rights Day Series: Resources for #Video4Change Activists. You can access other posts in the series here.