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Twitter releases 2 new mute features designed to protect users against abuse

Say goodbye to the trolls who don't follow you.


Phillip Tracy


Published Jul 10, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:23 am CDT

Twitter added a new set of “advanced filter settings” designed to limit harassment on its site.

You will now be able to mute notifications from accounts that don’t follow you or are considered new.

To use the features, go to the notifications tab (bell icon), tap the setting gear, and press on “advanced settings.” From this page, you can select which notifications you want hidden from your feed.

Twitter told CNET there is “nothing to share” on how well its previous mute options have been working, and would not clarify what it means by “new” account.

This is just the latest in a series of features Twitter added to reduce abuse on its network. Last year, Twitter introduced its “quality filter,” which allowed users to only see content from other followers. In February, the social network announced its plan for the next few years to protect people from harassment. It followed up on its promises by releasing a tool that let users mute profiles with the default Twitter egg (now a human blob), anyone without a confirmed email address, and users you don’t follow.

While this latest release won’t magically solve the site’s harassment problems, it should at least give users more control over what they see online. The new advanced filtering options are available on iOS and Android today.

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*First Published: Jul 10, 2017, 4:13 pm CDT