When Instagram brought a new feature called “Hide Inappropriate Comments” to prevent trolling or abusive words, I wished it were available in Twitter as well. Finally, after a long wait, the news app now lets you mute abusive word or phrases. You can even report the tweet which you find inappropriate.
When you mute words, you will not receive any new notifications for tweets that include those offensive words.
“The amount of abuse, bullying, and harassment we've seen across the Internet has risen sharply over the past few years. These behaviors inhibit people from participating on Twitter, or anywhere. Abusive conduct removes the chance to see and share all perspectives around an issue, which we believe is critical to moving us all forward. In the worst cases, this type of conduct threatens human dignity, which we should all stand together to protect.” – Twitter.
How to Mute Abusive Words or Phrases in Twitter on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Launch Twitter on your iOS device.
Step #2. Tap on Notifications tab at the bottom → Tap on the gear icon at the top left the corner.
Step #3. Tap on Muted Words.
Step #4. Now, you have to type in the abusive word or phrase. Then tap on Done at the top right corner to confirm.
You will see the red button next to the abusive word you have added.
How to Unmute the Abusive Words or Phrases in Twitter
If you have mistakenly added any word as abusive, you can unmute it easily.
Step #1. Open Twitter → Notifications tab → Gear icon → Muted words.
Step #2. Tap on the red button next to the abusive word you want to unmute. Tap on Yes in the popup.
How to Report Any Tweet as Abusive in Twitter
Step #1. Open Twitter and navigate to the tweet you find abusive.
Step #2. Tap on the downward arrow located at the right side of the tweet. Then, tap on Report Tweet in the menu.
Step #3. Now, you have three options-
- I'm not interested in this Tweet
- It's spam
- It's abusive or harmful
You need to select “It's abusive or harmful.”
Step #4. Next, you have to select from the given options to the reason why this tweet is abusive or harmful.
Step #5. On the next screen, you will have the option to Block as well as Mute the person whose tweet you have found abusive.
In the end, tap on Done at the top right corner to confirm.
How to Mute any User in Twitter on iPhone
If you want to avoid seeing tweets from any person or brand, you can mute them. They won't know that you have muted them.
Step #1. Open Twitter. Navigate to the tweet of the person whom you want to mute. You can also tap on the search button to find the person quickly.
Then, tap on the downward arrow at the far right of the tweet.
(You can also 3D Touch on the tweet and swipe up to reveal the menu.)
Step #2. Select Mute in the menu.
Now, tap on Yes, I'm sure in the popup.
How to Block any User in Twitter on iPhone
If you want to completely block any person, there is an option to get it done as well. Once you block any person, he/she will no longer see your tweets or follow you.
Step #1. Open Twitter. Simply tap on the search button at the top right corner and type in the name of the person you want to block.
Step #2. Tap on the downward arrow at the right of the tweet from the person. (You can also 3D Touch the tweet and swipe up to reveal the menu. )
Step #3. Now, select Block from the menu. Tap on Block in the popup.
How to Unmute/Unblock User in Twitter on iPhone
Later, if you want to unblock or unmute the person, you can do it easily.
Step #1. Open Twitter on your device. Tap on the Me tab at the bottom → Tap on Gear icon.
Step #2. Select Settings in the menu.
Step #3. Now, you have to select Privacy and safety.
Step #4. Scroll down and tap on Blocked/Muted Accounts.
Step #5. Then, block or unmute them by tapping on the red button next to their account.
Step #6. Tap on Blocked and tap on Unblock.
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