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Spoilers have become a pitfall of modern life. They make a first-world problem, perhaps, but still something that can ruin one of the few pleasures that make it another arduous cycle around this pitiless yellow star in the face of looming crisis, economic turmoil, personal struggles …  Ahem. Yeah, spoilers suck. But as social media has been flooded in a medium for self-expression, you can hardly move without spoilers for whatever tv show, video game, or movie is the hot topic of the moment. Livetweets, post-episode opinion dumps, or even spoilerish hashtags tend to proliferate within minutes of the media hitting the public sphere.
But do not feel compelled to isolate themselves from social media in order to avoid these trigger points. Thankfully, the two most spoiler-iffic sites ̵
Twitter first introduced keyword muting in 2016, and it allows you to block everything from words to hashtags to specific users. To get to your list of muted words, go to your notifications and tap either the gear icon (on mobile) or the "Settings" option (on the web client) at the top of the screen. The next steps are slightly different depending on whether you're on mobile or desktop, so we'll go over them separately.
On mobile, you'll find the "Muted" option in the settings. Here you can navigate between muted words and accounts. Muted words is what you're interested in. Once you choose this option, you'll be able to see which words you've already muted, and then add some more.
 On desktop, the settings show you several options for your notifications, and under "Advanced," you'll see "Mute specific words from your notifications and timeline."
The options to add muted words are largely the same. Choose hashtags or specific words your HBO shows, then maybe consider adding "#GameofThrones" or "Dany" or "dragons." You can choose how long you'd prefer to hear those words – 24 hours, a week, 30 days, or forever.
Sure, that will not prevent you from seeing a tweet that says "I can not stop the series ends with Jon and Daenerys being the real parents of Harry Potter," but you're careful, you can probably catch 90 percent of spoilers before they hit your timeline.
Facebook  Facebook's a bit tricky, it does not have a specific option for everyone to mute specific words. Spokesperson has been rolled back.
So you're going to have to get creative. Know any pages that are likely to spoil? You can snooze those pages for 30 days. Users? Same deal. Just go to one of their posts – not their pages or profiles, but a specific post – then find the snooze options. You'll have the options to snooze that page or that person for 30 days. This is the first time you snooze on mobile.
So you can prioritize what you see in your News Feed. Go to "News feed" in the sidebar and hit the ellipsis next to it, or find "news feed preferences" in your mobile settings. This is how you see who you've been snoozed in the past and who you can not share your interests with
With these options you can probably go forth with some degree of certainty that you will not have your show / movie / game / whatnot spoiled for you ahead of time. And if it still fails, the nuclear option of chopping up your phone and laptop is at work.