Twitter’s new ‘mute’ feature to fight trolls: Here’s how to use

Twitter's mute feature will roll out for users globally and here's how to use the same.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: November 16, 2016 1:54 pm
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Twitter has announced its expanding its ‘mute’ feature for notifications. The move will help Twitter address online abuse, bullying and harassment. “Because Twitter happens in public and in real-time, we’ve had some challenges keeping up with and curbing abusive conduct,” said Twitter in a blogpost. Changes in ‘mute’ button will now allow users to mute keywords, phrases and conversations they don’t want to get notifications about. However, muting notifications doesn’t mean they won’t exist online. It simply means users who decide to mute things won’t see them. The mute feature will roll out for users globally and here’s how to use the same:

First things first:

• The mute option only works for notifications and you’ll still be able to see the tweets you’ve muted via search.

• The hashtags that you mute will be applied to all related interactions including replies, mentions, Retweets, additional replies and Quote Tweets.

• Also characters up to 140 characters can be muted. This includes words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags.

• Remember, when you mute a word, you’re muting its hashtag as well. For example, if you mute ‘lights’ , you’re also muting ‘#lights’

• Muting is not case-sensitive. So, if you mute GRASS, all mentions of ‘grass’ in any combination of letters such as GrAss, grass, GRAss etc will be muted

• Punctuation within a word or phrase can be added while muting something from your notifications

• You’ll have to manually unmute notifications

• Muting has been enabled across all Twitter-supported languages

• You can see a list of words you’ve muted from Settings menu

How to mute words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags:

The Twitter support page explains how to mute notifications from Android, iOS as well as web.

For Twitter iOS app:

• Go to Notifications tab

• Click on the gear icon

• Select Muted words option

• Click on + Add muted word or phrase

• Now, type words that you want to mute

• Tap Save and then Done

• Now, a mute icon will appear next to each entered word or hashtag

For Twitter Android app:

• Go to Notifications tab

• Click on All

• Tap Mute words

• Select the plus icon

• Type words you’d like to mute

• Click on Save

• Now, a mute icon will appear next to each entered word or hashtag

Twitter allows you to stop receiving notifications for a particular conversation as well. To mute a conversation, first go to tweet detail of any tweet or a reply in the conversation you wish to mute. Next tap on the ‘more’ option and select ‘mute this conversation’. After you mute a conversation, you’ll not get notifications about it, but you’ll still be able to see a muted conversation in your timeline.