How to approve or deny follower requests. If you have set your Twitter account to private, then your tweets are protected and other users will not be able to see it. Users can send you a follower request to gain access to your account- this will enable them to view, retweet and reply to your tweet posts. You may also send them direct messages. However, you have to manually approve or deny follower requests. Here are simple guidelines on how to approve or deny Twitter follower request on web or app.