When it comes to the best way to avoid online TV spoilers, many will tell you to simply stay offline … as if that’s a realistic option. Our experts did some digging on how to avoid spoilers so you can skip the unwanted surprises without leaving the comforts of your desktop or smartphone.
How to avoid spoilers on Twitter
There’s nothing more upsetting than hopping on Twitter, only to find your feed packed with spoilers from a favorite TV show that’s still on your DVR “to-watch list.” Thanks to media watchdogs and reality show live feeds, you could be dodging spoilers from episodes that haven’t even aired yet. (Looking at you, Big Brother!)
Make your Twitterfeed a safe place again by muting the words, phrases and hashtags that ruin the TV shows and movies you enjoy.
Mute show “buzzwords”
- Log into your account and select the Settings and privacy option in the main menu
- Choose Privacy and safety from the dropdown and under the Safety tab, select Muted
- Click Muted words and the + option in the upper-righthand corner to add filters to your feed
- Select Save to add the new muted word(s) to your account
When adding a word, phrase or hashtag to your list of muted words, you can choose to filter tweets from your home timeline and your notifications, whether you’re following the user or not. You can also choose to mute the word for 24 hours, a week, a month or until you choose to remove the filter (for this option, choose Forever).
Although Twitter’s filter is not case or punctuation sensitive, it’s not a bad idea to put in multiple variations of the hashtag or phrase that may pop up. For example, if you want to make sure what happens on Big Brother, stays on Big Brother, you’ll need to block more than #bigbrother to keep spoilers off your feed.
Try typing the phrase of interest into Twitter’s search bar to see some possible phrases you may want to add to your muted words. A simple search of Big Brother brings up at least four more popular phrases a fan would want to include:
How to avoid spoilers on Facebook
Filtering out spoilers on Facebook isn’t as straightforward. Facebook tested a feature called “Keyword Snooze” in 2018 with similar functions as Muted words on Twitter. However, the setting has been rolled back after testing.
Facebook does allow users to “snooze” a friend or page for up to 30 days. If you identify a repeat show-spoiling offender (we all have one), you can unfollow the friend altogether without unfriending them. You’ll need to select a post from the user or page to put the restrictions in place, but once set, Facebook does all the heavy lifting. And you can enjoy Succession in peace.
How to avoid spoilers on your web browser
If you’re looking to block spoilers internet-wide, there are many third-party apps that can be installed right on your web browser. Take a look at some top-rated extensions that may help you save the best of your favorite shows for later.
- Spoiler Protection 2.0 – Available for Google Chrome and Firefox
- Unspoiler – Available for Google Chrome
- IMDb Hide Episode Spoilers – Available for Google Chrome
- Shut Up – Available for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari
- TinyFilter PRO – Available for Google Chrome
Each of these browser extensions gives the user the ability to set up custom filters for web browsing. Some, like Shut Up and IMDb Hide, take aim at the parts of the web that are usually the most populated with spoilers like comment sections and IMDb pages.
When downloading third-party extensions, do some research beforehand to ensure you aren’t exposing your computer to malicious online threats in disguise.