How to Avoid Avengers: Infinity War Spoilers on Twitter

Twitter is a great tool for seeing the news and interacting with others on a variety of topics. But as we’re all too aware, it has its fair share of downsides.

In some cases, users are engaging in conversations about topics that frankly, we just don’t want to hear about. And in others, they’re far too willing to expose us to spoilers that ruin the surprise we might enjoy from the latest and greatest movies (#InfinityWar, anyone?).

In those cases, being able to mute hashtags and keywords and stop Twitter from displaying tweets containing them becomes so important. And luckily, Twitter offers a way to mute certain content so you can use the service in spoiler-free bliss. Here's how to do it.

Desktop

  1. Log in to Twitter. Once you do, you should be brought to your News Feed.
  2. At the top-right of the page, you’ll see your profile picture next to the “Tweet” button. Click it.
  3. In that drop-down box, you’ll see an option called “Security and privacy.” Click that option.
  4. Now that you’re on that page, you’ll see a sidebar to the left. Just below “muted accounts” and above “blocked accounts,” you’ll see an option for “Muted words.” That’s our winner. Click it.
  5. If you’ve never muted any content before, all you’ll see here is a big, blue “Add” button. If you have, you’ll see some of your blocked content. Either way, you need to click that “Add” button to start muting hashtags and keywords.
  6. Upon clicking the Add button, the background will grey out and you’ll see a pop-up that lets you “add muted word.” In the dialog box next to the “Add” button, you’ll be able to input whatever hashtag or keyword you want.
  7. Before you click the Add button, peruse the options under the box that say “Mute from” and “For how long?”. You can choose there where you want to hide the keyword or hashtag from. You can either hide content from both the timeline and notifications or both. You can also decide whether content containing your hashtag or keyword should be blocked from all senders or just those you don’t know. Similarly, you can decide whether to block content forever or for a set amount of time. Be aware, however, that if you choose a set amount of time, your blocked content will automatically be displayed again once that period is up.
  8. Once you click the Add button, you’ll see your muted hashtag or keyword on the Muted Words page. Next to those blocked words, you can choose to edit your settings or “unmute” them when you’re out of the woods.

Mobile

If you’d prefer to make all of these changes on the mobile Twitter app, it’s just as simple. Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Log in to Twitter. Once you do, you should be brought to your News Feed.
  2. At the top-left of the page, you’ll see your profile picture. Tap it.
  3. Here, you’ll see an option called “Settings and privacy.” Tap that option.
  4. To get the muted words option, you’ll next need to tap the “Privacy and safety” option here.
  5. You’ll find that Twitter’s “Privacy and safety” menu is awfully long and congested. But we’re only here for one thing. So scroll down to the Safety section. There, you’ll see an option called “Muted.” That’s the one we want.
  6. There are two options here: Muted accounts and Muted words. Choose the latter.
  7. At the top of this page, you’ll see all the muted words you’ve created so far. On the bottom-right of the page, you can tap Add to create more muted words.
  8. First up, type in your muted keyword or hashtag and decide where you want the content to blocked and for how long. When you’re ready, choose “Save” at the top-right and your chosen keywords and tags will be blocked.

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