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While not specifically designed for this, many social networks allow you to block specific words or phrases from being mentioned. You can use these content and harassment filters in a less frivolous, but more common application: blocking mentions of a show or movie you haven’t seen yet to avoid being spoiled.
Not every social network allows this, and some only have filters that apply to certain parts of the content. To cover yourself completely, you may want to set up multiple word filters. For example ‘Star Wars’, ‘Mandalorian’, ‘Baby Yoda’.
From the main Twitter site or any of the official apps, go to the “Settings & Privacy” menu. Tap Muted Words. Tap the “Add” button to add some words, phrases, or hashtags to your muted list. You want to add both the word and the hashtag for safety.
You can set a time for each of these to expire, which is useful for TV shows that you know will reach you soon. When you’re done with mute, go back to the same menu to delete it with the crossed-out volume button.
Facebook unfortunately doesn’t allow single word filters. But if any of your friends (or the sites they like to post) are particularly prone to spoiling shows or movies, you can temporarily ‘mute’ them from the menu on each post. Select ‘Snooze [user] for 30 days ”to ban them from your timeline for a month. To get them back earlier, go to the site’s main menu, tap ‘News Feed Preferences’, then ‘Snooze’. You will see a list of people and sites that are currently snoozed.
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Instagram has the same mute feature as Facebook (which makes sense since they are owned by the same company), available from the menu button on every post. You can mute individual users or stories. You can also block individual words or phrases from comments on your posts (en nothing but those comments) by going to the Privacy menu. Go to ‘Comments’ then ‘Manual Filter’ to add words. Make sure to stop following relevant hashtags for broader filters.
We checked for effective filters on other social networks – TikTok, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube – and found they didn’t want to. With those services you just have to be careful who you follow to avoid being spoiled.
Of course there is always the nuclear option. If you really can’t stand being pampered for a movie or TV show, the surest way to avoid it is to avoid using any social media platforms at all until you’ve seen it. You can use this trick on real people too!