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How to Mute Any Word or Phrase on Twitter

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If you are a regular Twitter user, there might be instances where you continuously come across a particular word or phrase that you find inappropriate and you simply no longer wish to see it in your feed.

Luckily, Twitter allows you to mute such unwanted stuff for your account. During the process, Twitter asks whether you want to prevent the phrase/word from showing on your timeline, in the notifications, or both.

You can also block the content on the basis of its origin, i.e. only from people you don’t follow, or from everyone.

In addition to this, even the mute duration can be selected, where you can configure your account to stop displaying the offending word/phrase for next 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or forever.

The best thing is, you can mute the words on both iOS and Android apps, and even while accessing Twitter from your PC using a web browser.

Here’s how you can mute a particular word or an entire phrase on Twitter on iOS, Android, and web browser on your PC:

Mute a Word While Using a Computer
Get to the Privacy and safety bar

  1. Sign into your Twitter account on your favorite web browser
  2. Click More from the navigation bar in the left
  3. Click Settings and privacy from the menu that comes up
  4. Click Privacy and safety from the Settings bar in the center



This opens the Privacy and safety bar in the right. From this pane you can configure all the privacy and safety options to protect your personal and private information on your Twitter account.

Open the Muted bar

  1. Click Muted from under the Safety section of the Privacy and safety bar,
  2. Click Muted words from the bar that appears next
  3. Click Got it on the information box that comes up (shows up only when you’re here for the first time)



This opens the Muted words pane in the right, where you can add inappropriate words as needed.

Mute Unwanted Words and Configure Other Relevant Options

  1. Click the + (Add muted word) button from the top-right corner of the Muted words bar
  2. Type the offending word or the entire phrase in the Enter word or phrase field
  3. Check or uncheck the Home timeline and Notifications boxes
  4. Select either the From anyone or From people you don’t follow radio button from under the Mute from section
  5. Choose Forever, 24 hours from now, 7 days from now, or 30 days from now radio button from the Mute timing section


This mutes the entered word/phrase from the selected source(s), for the chosen time duration respectively. As the result, Twitter won’t display blocked phrase or word on your timeline or notifications for the amount of time you selected.

Mute a Word While Using Twitter on iPhone
Select the Unwanted Word or Phrase

  1. Launch Twitter on your iOS device (iPhone X for this example)
  2. Open the tweet that contains the word/phrase you want to mute
  3. Long-tap the word or drag the selection hands. This selects the word or a phrase you don’t want to be displayed. While long-tapping a word selects it, dragging the selection handles enables you to select multiple words (or an entire phrase) the tweet has
Filter the Source for the Unwanted Word

  1. Tap the Next icon on the context bar that appears
  2. Tap Mute
  3. Turn off or on the Home timeline and Notifications toggle switches
  4. Choose From anyone or From people you don’t follow from under the Mute from section
This opens the Add muted word window, specifies whether the word should be blocked on your Twitter account’s home timeline or notifications or both, and from which people Twitter should mute the selected word respectively.




Set Mute Duration and Save

  1. Tap Duration from the Mute timing section
  2. Select Forever, 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days from the Duration window that appears next
  3. Tap the Back icon from the top-left
  4. Tap Save from the top-right corner once you are back on the Add muted word window






This mutes the word for the duration you selected. Post this point, you won’t see the blocked word anymore until the specified time threshold is reached, or you change the mute duration manually.

Mute a Word While Using Twitter on Android
Get to the Muted words Window

  1. On your Android phone, tap your profile picture from the top-left corner
  2. Tap Settings and privacy
  3. Tap Privacy and safety
  4. Tap Muted words from the Safety section
  5. Tap Got it





This opens the Muted words window. Here you can see the already blocked words, or add new ones to mute.

Add an Unwanted Word and Set Up Visibility Preferences

  1. Tap the + icon from the bottom-right corner
  2. Type the offending word in the available text field at the top
  3. Uncheck or check the Home timeline box from the Mute from section
  4. Tap the Notifications option
  5. Select your preferred radio button in the box that pops up next





When you perform these steps, the app opens the Add muted word window, tells Twitter about the word you don’t want to see anymore, configures if the blocked word should or shouldn’t be shown on your account’s home timeline, and depending on (or regardless of) the sender of the tweet, defines whether or not the word should be displayed in the notifications either. From this point onward, the unwanted word will or will not be displayed as per the configured preferences.

Set Up Mute Time Threshold
  1. Tap For how long from under the Duration section
  2. Select your preferred radio button from the Notifications box that appears
  3. Tap SAVE from the top-right corner once you are back on the Add muted word window


This tells Twitter to block the word for the duration you selected. After this, the offending word will no longer be shown on your home timeline and/or notifications for the specified period of time.

Regardless of the method and/or platform you choose to mute a word, the impact is reflected across all the devices and browsers you use to access your Twitter account.
 
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