Tips to Mute COVID-19 Related Content on Twitter

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on everyone – mentally, physically and emotionally. We’re all trying to cope with the mixed feelings that come as a result of this viral outbreak. According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), there have been 788,522 confirmed cases with the US leading at 164,610; 37,878 total deaths and 166, 768 recovered cases worldwide. In Kenya alone, we’ve had 50 confirmed cases, 1 death and 1 recovered case.

To remain sane in amid the COVID-19 pandemic, its imperative to control the type and level of information you consume especially from social media as it can be overwhelming. I’m using memes as a form of escape, don’t judge me.

This is why Twitter‘s mute feature comes in handy. Twitter will filter content on your feed according to certain keywords you mute. Twitter will hide that content from your timeline and notifications and it could either be from people you follow or not.

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Twitter’s mute feature(direct link) can be found by going to SettingsContent preferences -> Muted words

Twitter lets you add words individually and you can mute words like lockdown, pandemic, COVID-19, quarantine, virus, work from home, coronavirus, social distancing among others depending on your preference.

Muting these words will ensure they don’t overload your Twitter feed and that you now have to intentionally seek out the latest information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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