How to avoid spoilers on Facebook and Twitter

Avoiding spoilers for popular shows and movies—like Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame—on social media is downright hard. (Especially on Twitter, where reaction tweets currently fly fast and furious on Sunday nights.)

You can take steps, however, to keep yourself in the dark. On Facebook, it’s as simple as installing a desktop browser extension, while on Twitter, you can mute keywords you don’t want to see in your timeline. While these methods aren’t 100 percent bulletproof, they should filter out the majority of spoilers.

Here’s how to do it.

How to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers on Facebook

This method involves adding the Social Fixer extension to your browser, which allows you to filter out spoiler-ridden posts based on keywords or phrases.

Social Fixer only works when viewing Facebook in a desktop browser, though you can also install it on the Android version of Firefox because that particular mobile browser supports desktop extensions. Unfortunately, there’s no help for the Facebook mobile app.

Supported browsers are Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. You can make it work in other programs like Edge if you already use the Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey extension.

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The Social Fixer extension has an wide range of features, with filters only just one small slice of the pie.

To install Social Fixer, head to the download page for your browser’s version of the extension, then click on the Add to button. Read through the app permissions and then grant them to proceed. (If you’re not comfortable with the requested permissions, you can cancel the install, but you won’t be able to use the extension.)

Next, open Facebook in a browser tab. The options window for Social Fixer should appear. If you don’t see it, locate the newly added wrench icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Click it and choose Social Fixer options.


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