How to Make Your Likes Private on Twitter — Do Nothing

"We are making Likes private for everyone to better protect your privacy," a pop-up announces when you launch Twitter app.

Melissa Willets - Author

Jun. 13 2024, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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In a world where even liking a tweet Twitter can make you a target for cancellation, it would be super useful if you could privately like a tweet without everyone knowing, right?

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The good news is that Twitter just made a change to its platform, which will ensure that all users' likes are protected.

So, whether you'd rather not have your grandmother know that you liked a racy tweet, or would prefer to keep your Disney obsession on the down-low, it's all good!

Read on for the full details of this change that makes likes private on Twitter.

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Here's how to make your likes private on Twitter. Oh wait. You don't have to do a thing.

As most Twitter users know, you can choose to have either a public or private account. Previously, if you set your account to private, only your followers would see your activity, including liked tweets, or as they are now called, posts.

But as of June 12, 2024, Twitter has announced that all likes are now private. "We are making Likes private for everyone to better protect your privacy," a pop-up announces when you launch the app.

So what's the point of liking posts?

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As the announcement explains, "Liking more posts will make your 'For you' feed better."

It's important to note that users can track their own likes. Users whose posts you like can also see your identity. So, it's not 100 percent private. But as Fox News reports, Twitter's "changes are intended to increase user privacy and combat groups seeking to police others' use of the feature."

Meanwhile, according to Elon Musk, there has been a huge increase in likes following this change.

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Twitter users are divided on the new feature of hiding likes.

Not surprisingly, users aren't on the same page on the decision to make likes private. Some think it's for the best, and feel more comfortable now that they can hide their activity.

Others think making likes private empowers creeps on the internet.

Many tweets claim "obsessed stalkers" will soon take over Twitter, and that they are rejoicing at the change.

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Of course, many of Elon's changes have been met with scrutiny since he took over the site, the least of which was the name change of the platform from Twitter to X.

In fact, according to CNN, many people have been resistant to even refer to the app X even as the domain name has officially been converted.

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