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Twitter Adds Option to 'Mute' People

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(FOXNEWS): Twitter is introducing a way to silence noisy people you follow but arent quite ready to unfollow.

The option, called mute, lets you hide the tweets and activity of selected accounts from your timeline. Muting someone wont, however, stop the person from being able to interact with your tweets be it favoriting, replying or retweeting. The fact that they are doing so just wont show up in your timeline.

This can be a convenient way to temporarily muffle people who, for example, are live tweeting an event or opining on a topic that you dont much care about. Muting can be reversed at any time, and unlike a block, people wont know when theyve been muted.

The way muting works is similar to a change Twitter tried to make in December so that people who were blocked wouldnt be notified. In fact, blocked users would have been able to continue to see and follow the Twitter activity of the person who blocked them. Twitter reversed course hours later amid user outcry.

Michael Sippey, who at the time was Twitters vice president of product, wrote in a blog post that the change was intended to address concerns about post-blocking retaliation.

The mute function is available on Twitters iPhone and Android apps and the Twitter.com website. It will be rolled out to its entire user base over the coming weeks. (Muting already exists on some third-party Twitter clients, including Twitters own Tweetdeck.)

To mute someone, click on the more link on individual tweets, then click mute @username. Muting can also be done from someones profile page by tapping the gear icon and selecting mute @username.

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