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How to mute words on Twitter

Don't get spoilered ever again.

Published onJuly 12, 2022

If you go onto social media and keep reading about the latest cryptocurrency advice, or you are constantly getting spoilered about your favorite TV show, then it may be time to start muting certain keywords. This prevents posts with those keywords from appearing on your timeline. Here is how you do it on Twitter. Your sanity will thank you.

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To mute words on Twitter, go to Settings-->Privacy and safety-->Mute and block-->Muted words. The file path is the same on the mobile app, except you should first tap your profile icon to access the Settings link.


How to mute words on Twitter on the web

To mute words on the Twitter website, go to Settings–>Privacy and safety–>Mute and block

twitter settings mute

You will now see several options. The one we’re looking for is Muted words. Select that.

twitter mute and block

If you are currently muting any words, they will appear on this next screen. Click the + icon in the top right-hand corner to enter a new muted word.

twitter add mute word

Even though the feature is called Add muted word, you can also enter a phrase, a username, or a hashtag. So you can be really thorough when wanting to avoid any utterances of the new Jason Statham movie.

twitter add mute word 2

Enter the word, phrase, username, or hashtag you wish to mute. Specify if you want to mute it from anyone or only those you don’t follow. Finally, state how long the mute should last. Maybe you only want to mute it for a certain time period until you’ve seen a movie and you don’t have to worry about spoilers anymore? On the other hand, if you’re really sick of that Bitcoin advice, maybe put it on indefinite mute?

How to mute words on the Twitter app

On Android and iOS, tap your profile photo in the top left-hand corner. When the side menu opens, scroll down and select Settings.

twitter ios profile icon

Select Privacy and safety.

twitter settings privacy

Select Mute and block.

twitter ios mute and block

Now tap Muted words.

twitter ios mute words

This is the screen where all of your muted words will appear. Tap Add at the bottom right to add a new muted word.

twitter ios add mute word

Enter your word or phrase, determine who you want to block, and for how long. Save and exit.

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No, explicit language is not automatically blocked by Twitter, as they view that as censorship. However, they will take action if that explicit language violates their guidelines in the form of harassment.

It depends on the person. If it is a work boss or work colleague, it may be best to simply mute them. Blocking could be seen as a sign of aggression.

Yes, but only if they are following you. If you don’t want them to follow you, you will need to block them.

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