Twitter added some new mute filters this week in hopes of making the platform safer — and more pleasant — for users.
Back in March of this year, Twitter added new functionality to the mute feature by allowing you to mute accounts for specific reasons, including accounts with a default egg profile photo, accounts without a confirmed email address, accounts without a confirmed phone number, as well as allowing the muting of specific words. Now, they have expanded the filters to make it easier to hide notifications from:
- Accounts that are new (that you don't follow).
- Accounts that don't follow you (that you don't follow).
- Accounts you don't follow.
Muting new accounts, in addition to muting eggs and unverified accounts, should help greatly reduce the visibility of trolls, spammers, bots and other troublemakers.
If you're in-browser, you can turn on these mute filters by going to your Notifications timeline, clicking on "Settings", then checking the boxes you see in the screenshot above. If you're on iOS or Android, go to your Notifications timeline, tap the gear icon, tap "Advanced filters", then choose your preferred mute filters.