How To Permanently Delete A Twitter Account

Here is the direct link to the official Twitter account deletion page.

Delete Your Twitter Account Now!

Read the step-by-step guide for a clean, dignified exit.

The Twitter Account Deletion Process

Twitter would like you to know some things about the deletion proccess:

  • We only retain your user data for 30 days from the date of deactivation, after which we begin the process of deleting your account from our systems, which can take up to a week, as provided in our Privacy Policy, unless there is a separate arrangement between you and Twitter to extend your deactivation period.
  • You may reactivate your account at any time during these 30 days by logging in.
  • You do not need to deactivate your account to change your username or email address; you can change it at any time in your account settings.
  • To use a username or email address on another account, you must first change them and then confirm the change prior to deactivation. (See below for instructions.)
  • We do not control content indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.
  • After deactivation, your account should be removed within a few minutes, however some content may be viewable on for a few days.

What Happens To Your Data?

In theory, deleting your account immediately removes all Twitter data related to you. In reality it’s more complicated, taking about a month.

Allegations of complicity with National Security Agency surveillance suggest that your data may never truly be deleted.

You can still cleanse your Twitter presence for everyone else,

  • Delete any sensitive content that you have posted.
  • Contact friends about content that you would like deleted.

Leaving Social Data Behind

As hard as you try, some personally identifiable information may remain. This could be something as simple as your name on a message.

You have little control over this or what others share about you in future. The most you can realistically do is ask your friends to respect your privacy.

Data shared with apps and advertisers is with them forever. As a Twitter user you are leaving behind a valuable personal data footprint.

Enjoy Your Freedom

‘And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ — Sir John Dalberg-Acton.