Quick Tip: Use Mute and Word Blocking to Avoid Spoilers on Social Networks

Baby yoda, with social media icons Disney

Did you hear? General Corpulus is not dead, he was resurrected by the mystical waters of Bahoomya, reclaimed by Princess Littlepiddles, who was truly his cat all the time! If that sort of thing puts you in a convulsive rage, you’ve probably been the victim of a spoiler or two on social media and you’re hoping to prevent it from happening again.

Although not specifically designed for this, many social networks allow you to block mentions of specific words or phrases. You can use these content and harassment filters in a less frivolous, but more common application: block mentions of a show or movie you haven’t watched yet, to avoid spoiling yourself.

Not all social networks allow this, and some only have filters that apply to certain parts of the content. To completely cover yourself, you might want to set up multiple word filters. For example, “Star Wars”, “Mandalorian”, “Baby Yoda”.

Twitter

Twitter block menu

Of main Twitter site or one of the official applications, go to the “Settings and privacy” menu. Tap “Ignored Words”. Hit the “Add” button to add unique words, phrases or hashtags to your hidden list. You’ll want to add both the word and the hashtag for security reasons.

Words blocked on Twitter

You can set an expiration time for each of these, which is handy for TV shows you know you’ll have soon. When you’re done with mute, return to the same menu to remove it with the volume button crossed out.

Facebook

Close Netflix!

Facebook unfortunately does not allow single word filters. But if any of your friends (or the sites they like to post) are particularly prone to spoiling shows or movies, you can temporarily “turn them off” from the menu in each post. To select “Snooze [user] for 30 days “ to ban them from your timeline for a month. To bring them back sooner, go to the main site settings menu, tap “News Feed Preferences,” then tap “Repeat.” You will see a list of people and sites that are currently on hold.

Instagram

A screenshot showing the menu and mute functions on InstagramA screenshot showing the Mute menu on Instagram lol jk mkbdh we would never mute you bb

Instagram has the same mute functionality as Facebook (which makes sense since they are owned by the same company), available from the menu button on each post. You can deactivate individual users or stories. You can also block single words or phrases from comments on your posts (and only these comments) by going to the Privacy menu. Go to “Comments”, then “Manual filter” to add words. Make sure and don’t follow relevant hashtags for broader filters.

A screenshot of a profile on Instagram, highlighting the menu buttonA screenshot of the Instagram menu highlighting the settings buttonA screenshot of Instagram's settings menu highlighting the privacy option

We checked the effective filters on other social networks (TikTok, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube) and found them insufficient. On these services, you will just have to be careful who you follow so you don’t get spoiled.

Of course, there is always the nuclear option. If you really can’t stand being spoiled for a movie or TV show, the surest way to prevent it from happening is to not use social media platforms at all until you have it. not seen. You can use this trick on real people too!

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