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Silence at last: Twitter adds a mute button for iOS and Android

We’ve all experienced it: the fellow Twitter user we love following, but who occasionally overshares from an event or gets involved in the kind of conversation we’d really rather not participate in. Until now, there hasn’t been much you could do about it if you were using a native Twitter app.

Thankfully though, Twitter’s realised that this is actually a problem and has introduced a mute button to its Android and iOS apps.

As the social network points out in the official blog post, “muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user”.

The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. Anyone you’ve muted also won’t know that you’ve muted them and you’ll also be able to unmute them at any point.

To mute a user from a Tweet on your iOS or Android device or on Twitter for web tap more and then mute @username. To mute someone from their profile page, tap the gear icon on the page and choose mute @username.

According to Twitter, the feature — previously only available on third-party services like Tweetbot — will roll out to everyone in the coming weeks.

Image: Katie Tegtmeyer via Flickr.

Author | Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again. More

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