Internet and Social Media Opt Outs

What it does:

Some large online and social media sites allow a variety of opt outs. These opt outs can have varying effects, for example, some opt outs spare you from receiving unwanted email, other opt outs offer you the ability to make posts private. The opt outs vary from simple to complex. We don’t take the space to go into details about each opt out. Here, we point you in the right direction and encourage exploration. The sites listed here offer plentiful options for opting out. 

How to opt out:

We don’t take the space here to go into the details about each opt out. Some of the sites offer complex opt outs which would require a lot of explanation. Here, we point you in the right direction and encourage exploration. The sites listed here offer plentiful options for opting out.  The type of opt-out varies widely by service provider, and we recommend that you spend time familiarizing yourself with the opt outs available at each. The links below will lead you to more information about the opt outs available.

  • Google: If you have a Google account, log in, and click on My Account at the home screen to view and explore your opt-out options at the My Account Google Dashboard. From there, you can click on Privacy Checkup to review your privacy settings and get more information about settings. Additional video instructions are here, and are readily available via YouTube.  You can also click on Account Editor to shape how your Google Profile will appear to others here. Note: If you do not have a Google account, you can use the Ads Settings page to explore your choices for opting out and settings. That page is here: Additional information is available at Google’s privacy policy link at
  • Twitter: Twitter has recently made some changes to how they handle advertising and data. If you haven’t looked at your Twitter privacy settings for a while, you may want to revisit the Twitter privacy settings page. First, you need to have an account to use the communications settings and privacy tools. In your Twitter account, click –> Settings and Privacy. Then click the Privacy and Safety menu option. The most important privacy settings for determining whether a tweet will be made public or not are located in the main privacy section. Also, in the main privacy section, you will find a link to the Personalization and Data section. This section is very important. See screen shots below.

Twitter Privacy Settings

Screenshot of a selection of Twitter’s privacy settings, 2017.

The screenshot above is where you can protect your Tweets, add/remove location from your Tweets, and make choices about photo tagging. The Personalization and Data screen is a link available from the Privacy and Safety Page. The screenshot below shows the options you have for personalization — if you want to opt out of information personalized to all of the places you have been, this page is where you would opt out.
Twitter Personalization and Data choices

Screenshot of Twitter’s new data personalization choices, located under the privacy and safety menu.


  • Facebook:  If you have a Facebook account, go to Account –> privacy settings. In Privacy Settings, you will see a series of options and choices for privacy preferences. These choices change from time to time, and they are complex. Take your time, read carefully, and ask questions. Facebook’s Data Policy is here. You can access Facebook’s Privacy Basics explanation here, even if you don’t have an account. The walkthrough is helpful, as you can view illustrations of what and where the settings choices are. WPF has a series of Facebook Privacy Guides available here.
  • Ebay: After you have signed in to your Ebay account, go to Account Settings. you can make choices by finding the Communication Preferences link under My AccountYou will see a page of settings choices; pay particular attention to the last section, Promotions and Surveys. This is where you can opt out of text, phone call, automated phone call, and postal mail marketing. Bay’s privacy policy is located here.
  • Yahoo: Sign in to your Yahoo account and look for the Options Link. Click on that link and then click on YAHOO Delivers. You can then select or unselect what types of advertising email that you want by checking or unchecking boxes with descriptions. Note: if you don’t uncheck the boxes, all boxes will be automatically selected, so watch this closely. You can also start at the Yahoo Privacy Center. If you do not have a Yahoo account, visit the Yahoo ad targeting opt out page directly at:

More about Internet portal opt outs:

We encourage you to read the privacy policies of the web portals you use regularly. The opt outs can make a difference, and one of the best ways to find out about the opt outs that are available to you is to read the privacy policy for that web site and explore your account communications options while you are logged in.

Courtesy of The World Privacy Forum Org.