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Twitter tunes out trashy Tweeters with much-needed muting module

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Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature which could allow users to selectively "mute" Tweets from accounts they are following.

According to user reports first spotted by The Verge, some users of the official mobile Twitter client app have been given the option to mute people on their feed, preventing those Tweets from appearing while continuing to follow the muted user.

Such a feature would no doubt prove useful for discretely distancing oneself from certain accounts and followers without running the risk of otherwise damaging personal or professional relationships by more visible means.

Currently Twitter's method for silencing those whose Tweets you have tired of is to use the unfollow or block functions. A mute option would provide a less-severe way to hide Tweets while maintaining both a follow and the ability to have direct-message conversations.

The company is yet to provide any official word on the feature and when it could be widely available to other users. A quick check among the mobile devices on hand here at Vulture Annex was unable to spot a mute feature.

Regardless of its eventual introduction to the unwashed masses, buzz about the possible new feature will be a welcome distraction from what has otherwise been a rough week for Twitter. On Tuesday the firm saw its stock price take a beating after a disappointing financial quarter stoked fears that the Twitter platform was seeing its popularity begin to wane. The quarter saw the company post a whopping $0.00 earnings per share, while timeline views were found to have dropped over last year.

Meanwhile, rival social apps continue to put pressure on Twitter as apps such as Snapchat have grown so popular that their updates are enough to cause chaos in US classrooms.®

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