How to mute keywords and filter out "eggs" on Twitter

There's no getting past it: Twitter has an abuse problem. If you've yet to hear about someone leaving Twitter due to an onslaught of harassment, you can read this story, this story, or this story … or read any of the stories from this Google search query. The company, to its credit, has recently accelerated its efforts in combatting online abuse. Part of those efforts include better tools for filtering out content you may not want to see.

To learn how to enable Twitter's advanced filters and mute keywords in your timeline and notifications, read on!

How to mute keywords in your Twitter timeline

Back in November Twitter added a mute feature that let you mute keywords, phrases, and more in your Notifications. The company has since expanded the feature to also include your timeline.

  1. Launch the Twitter app.
  2. Tap the Notifications tab (looks like a bell).
  3. Tap the gear icon in the upper left corner of the app.
  4. Tap Muted.

  1. Tap Muted words.
  2. Tap Add.
  3. Type in the word you want to mute.
  4. Toggle on mute from Home timeline to keep the keyword from appearing in your timeline.
  5. Tap For how long? to set a time limit on the mute.
  6. Tap Save.

The Muted words feature will also let you mute the keyword from just your notifications, from just people you don't follow, or from anyone.

How to access Twitter's Advanced filters and mute "egg accounts"

Advanced filters include muting notifications from folks you don't follow, folks who have yet to confirm their email, folks who haven't confirmed their phone number, and — crucially — folks who have a default "egg" avatar.

Twitter "eggs" are notorious for abuse, because a default avatar helps obscure the identity of the abuser. Furthermore, abusers who are kicked off Twitter will often create new accounts to continue their abuse. When one's sole purpose is to harass, one doesn't take the time to set up an entire Twitter profile with a confirmed email, phone number, avatar, etc.

  1. Launch the Twitter app.
  2. Tap the Notifications tab (looks like a bell).
  3. Tap the gear icon in the upper left corner of the app.

  1. Tap Advanced filters.
  2. Toggle on the Advanced filters you want to use.
  3. Tap Done.

There's one thing worth pointing out, though:

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As Aleen Simms explains, the new feature could end up silencing folks who do not intend to harass others. Something to keep in mind before you flip the switch!

Will you be muting?

What do you think of Twitter's latest round of updates? Do you think they'll actually help quell abuse? Will you be using them? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter … just don't use our muted keywords. 😉

Mikah Sargent is Senior Editor at Mobile Nations. When he's not bothering his chihuahuas, Mikah spends entirely too much time and money on HomeKit products. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikahsargent if you're so inclined.

7 Comments
  • Just cancel your twitter account. That knot in your stomach will disappear.
  • Or use Tweetbot like michaelgore said. Cuts through all the crap.
  • I've been muting people, keywords and hashtags since 2011. With Tweetbot.
  • I only ever use Twitter through Tweetbot. Highly recommend it
  • I second quakerotis. +1.
  • Well that's all well and fine if you don't really use Twitter. I'm not going to cancel my account when I actively use it and find it very useful
  • I think it might be better to acknowledge that A-holes and abusers exist, and finding ways to either reach out to them to bring them to their senses, or at the very least fighting them so they stop abusing other people. Simply ignoring and muting what doesn't like you seems to me counterproductive on the long run, you may get quite a shock when you see or hear something IRL that you can't mute.