The Register: Google Chrome calculates your autoplay settings so you don’t have to – others disagree

The Register: Google Chrome calculates your autoplay settings so you don’t have to – others disagree. “Earlier this year, a user of the mobile version of Chrome on Android complained on the Google support forum that videos started playing upon visiting a web page and there appeared to be no way to prevent this. Other forum participants chimed in, noting that the controls for preventing videos from autoplaying had disappeared. It’s a concern that has been raised before.”

9to5Google: How to mute coronavirus-related content on Twitter

9to5Google: How to mute coronavirus-related content on Twitter. “It’s great to stay informed about what’s going on in the world, but it’s also very much possible to be over-informed. As the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the world, one of the easiest ways to control your level of information intake is Twitter mute filters. I needed them, so I thought you might too. Here’s how to cut down on coronavirus content on Twitter…” Includes a list of selected keywords to mute.

No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter (The Next Web)

The Next Web: No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter. “Twitter is kind of the wild west of social media. Everything’s thrown together in one big news feed, and even if you’re scrupulous with the use of lists, some things can still sneak through your filters. Twitter allows you to mute hashtags and accounts, but imagine my surprise when I discover you can do this with individual words — and without having to delve into the menu system either.”

Motherboard: How to Take Your Twitter Feed Back From the Algorithm

Motherboard: How to Take Your Twitter Feed Back From the Algorithm. “Maybe it’s not the people or topics who end up floating into my feed, but the algorithms that put them there that need muting. By adding a few strings—little bits of code used by Twitter to tag types of tweets—to your muted keywords list, you can change the way the Twitter algorithm sends content to your feed.”

Popular Science: Muting, snoozing, and other ways to quietly ignore people on social media

Popular Science: Muting, snoozing, and other ways to quietly ignore people on social media. “Sure, you love your friends and family—but that doesn’t mean you need to hear absolutely everything they post on social media. Just a few too-chatty contacts can hog all of your attention on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Luckily, all three of these social networks, as well as instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, offer tools for muting certain contacts—or at least dialing down the number of their posts you see. They won’t know you’re ignoring their latest updates, but your social feed will feel much quieter.”