Twitter Is Testing A Tool That Will Let You Mute People You Follow

So you can finally ignore all your colleagues you feel obligated to follow.

Twitter is testing out a feature in its mobile apps that will allow people to mute users that clutter their timeline.

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The feature is one of the most requested on the site, according to The Verge, which first reported the feature, and will be available for a limited set of users on both the iOS and Android devices.

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The ability to mute users is reportedly one of the more popular tools on Twitter apps like Tweetdeck. Once a user is muted, their tweets would no longer appear until they are manually unmuted.

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There are a number of examples when the feature could be specifically useful: 1) when you have to follow a colleague because it’s rude not to or 2) when people incessantly live-tweet a sports match or TV show.

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So now you can get away with the “stealthy unfollow” — when you follow someone but have no idea when they’re tweeting.


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Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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