Question from Twyla F.: If I mute someone on Twitter will they be told that I have muted them?
The reason I’m asking is my brother -in-law is always posting obnoxious and disgusting tweets that I’d rather not see. And I certainly don’t want any of my friends to see them!
Thanks in advance for your answer. I really love your site!
Rick’s answer: The answer to your question is no Twyla. While they might eventually be able to figure out that you have muted them based upon “circumstantial evidence”, they won’t be notified about the muting in any way by Twitter.
In a nutshell, when you mute someone they won’t receive any kind of notification letting them know they have been muted. Also, there will be nothing whatsoever on your Twitter profile indicating that you have muted them.
And just so you’ll know, muting is uni-directional on Twitter. Once you have muted a person, his/her tweets will no longer show up on your Timeline, but yours will still show up on theirs.
This post goes into more detail about that does (and does not) happen when you mute a fellow Twitter user.
Now all of the above being said, if your brother-in-law is used to seeing you respond to some of his tweets (like the ones that tend to really push your button) and you suddenly stop responding at all, he just might be able to figure out that you muted him.
Bottom line: You can mute your brother-in-law without him finding out unless he eventually manages to “put 2 and 2 together” and come up with 4.
I hope this helps Twyla. Good luck!
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