Twitter is great for interacting with niche audiences and specific fandoms, but it’s also full of abuse and harassment. Here’s how to protect yourself while tweeting.

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Twitter allows users to connect with anyone in the world, but it’s also become a haven for online harassment. People have been targeted by coordinated harassment campaigns that can involve anything from threats and spamming to account hacks and worse.

Twitter has been criticized for not acting fast enough to remove harassers from its platform, and in some cases supporting them. CEO Jack Dorsey says the issue is a top priority, and Twitter recently selected several universities to study echo chambers and the health of Twitter conversations. But that will take time; until then, here’s how you can secure your account and protect your privacy.