How to soft block someone on Twitter to remove them as a follower

Dave Johnson
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A soft block on Twitter removes a user as your follower. Images By Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images
  • You can soft block a user on Twitter by blocking and then unblocking them to remove them as a follower.

  • The advantage of a soft block is that it's not obvious to the other person they've been blocked.

  • The disadvantage of soft blocking is it's not permanent; the other person can follow you again.

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Twitter makes it easy to block unwanted followers, but there are disadvantages to blocking.

If you block someone, they can easily tell they're blocked because they can no longer see your Twitter activity, and this can serve as a point of pride or irritation.

If you want a more subtle way to end a Twitter relationship, you can do what's commonly referred to as "soft blocking."

How to soft block someone on Twitter

To soft block someone, you simply block them as you ordinarily would, then immediately unblock them. Blocking forces the other person to unfollow you and erases your direct message history, but because you then unblock the person, they can still see your tweets, so they don't appear to be blocked. It gives the impression that they unfollowed you by accident, or perhaps due to a glitch on Twitter.

Keep in mind that when someone is soft blocked, they can still follow you again if they choose to, so this will not necessarily end your relationship on Twitter (depending on how persistent the other person is). You still have the option to mute or block the user later.

The steps to soft block are almost exactly the same on both the web and mobile app.

1. Start Twitter and go to the profile page for the user you want to soft block.

2. Select the three dots at the top of the page.

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Tap the three dots at the top of the user's page. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Business Insider

3. In the dropdown menu, choose "Block @user."

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Block the user in the usual way. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Business Insider

4. In the pop-up window, confirm you want to block the user by selecting "Block."

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Tap "Block" in the pop-up to confirm. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Business Insider

5. The user's profile page will now have a button marked "Blocked." Tap it and then, in the pop-up window, tap "Unblock @user." Alternatively, you can select "Undo" in the banner that immediately appears when you block the user.

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Unblock the person to complete a soft block. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Business Insider

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