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New Twitter update lets you mute even more trolls

Just be careful you don't filter out everyone.

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Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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Twitter, like many internet conversation platforms, is currently struggling to fight hate speech.

But in the meanwhile, Twitter is rolling out a few new tools to help you police your very own feed. 

Today, the company has added options (find them in Settings > Notifications > Advanced Filters) that'll let you automatically mute any user 1) who doesn't follow you, or 2) who has a brand-new account. They should be already available on Android, iOS and the web.

These filters join ones that Twitter already rolled out in March, which let you mute users who you don't follow, those who had a default profile photo, or those who hadn't confirmed their email or phone number with the social network. 

Basically, there are now six filters in all, and you can enable as many or as few of them as you choose. Just know that online hate may not be the only thing that gets muted -- it could also be tough for genuinely interesting people to get in touch with you if you filter everything out.

Twitter says there's "nothing to share" yet on how well the existing mute options have been working, and a rep declined to comment on how long new Twitter users will need to use the social network before the "new account" filter stops blocking them. 

"For much of our safety work, we can't share too many details or people will try to game the system," a Twitter spokesperson wrote by email.  

While these tools don't attack the problem at its source, fighting hate speech from the ground up may not be easy -- judging by our new CNET investigation into that dark, nasty side of the internet