When internet trolls barge into a person’s Twitter notifications with offensive replies, legitimate users soon stop coming back to Twitter. Today (7.10.2017) the company rolled out new tools to help silence such abusive users. They’ve added new options to mute notifications from the most likely sources: newly registered accounts, people you don’t follow and people who don’t follow you.


Responding to a long term problem Twitter has had with abusive users who jump into tweet threads with taunting, hate speech and threats, the company has finally started taking more active measures to silence such abusers. But as Josh Constine of TechCrunch points out, Twitter’s new features merely “hide the abuse from victims, rather than exterminating the trolls that spew hate speech and threats.”

Advanced filter settings

Still, the new Twitter filters enable you to screen out obvious trolls without having to take more aggressive actions like requiring customers to request permission to access to your tweet feed. And the features are easier to manage than manually blocking accounts.

Here are the types of accounts the new filters will allow you to mute, according to Twitter.

  • 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.
  • Accounts with a default profile photo (that you don’t follow).
  • Accounts without a confirmed email address (that you don’t follow).
  • Accounts without a confirmed phone number (that you don’t follow).

How to set the advanced filters using a mobile app (GIF)

To set filters on the web:

  1. Go to your Notifications timeline.
  2. To filter your notifications, click on Settings.
  3. Check the box of your preferred filter(s) to turn on.

To set filters using Twitter for iOS:

  1. Go to your Notifications timeline
  2. Tap on the gear icon
  3. Tap Advanced filters.
  4. Drag the slider next to your preferred filter(s) to turn on.

To set filters using Twitter for Android:

  1. Go to your Notifications timeline
  2. Tap on the gear icon
  3. Tap Advanced filters.
  4. Check the box of your preferred filter(s) to turn on.

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VIA: TechCrunch and Twitter Support

 

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