October 26, 2021

How to avoid spoilers on social media – Toms Guide

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It’s very useful to know how to avoid spoilers on social media. The internet can be a perilous place at times, especially when it comes to pop culture. Everyone is so desperate to discuss something as soon as it’s released that social media is often littered with major spoilers.

But you don’t have to ditch social media, or try to make time to watch all your favorite shows and movies as soon as they’re released. There are things you can do to block all those pesky spoilers on social media.

Plenty of websites have features that can be configured to help you avoid spoilers, like Twitter’s ‘muted phrases’ setting. But you have to go through the settings on every single site you frequent, and figure out how to block all the offending terms people might use.

It’s much easier to use a tool that will block any mention of a TV show, movie, or video game to make sure you don’t see it — no matter what website you’re on. Spoiler Protection is one such tool, and it’s available for all Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, as well as Mozilla Firefox.

1. Head to the Spoiler Protection page on the Chrome or Firefox add-ons store.

2. Chrome and Edge users should click “Add to Chrome” in the top right corner, while Firefox users should click “Add to Firefox” on the right hand side.

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3. A pop-up will appear at the top of your screen. Click “Add” or “Add extension” to install Spoiler Protection in your browser.

4. The Spoiler Protection extension is now ready to use

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1. Click the green shield icon in the add-ons section of your browser’s toolbar.

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2. The resulting window will let you manage Spoiler Protection’s basic settings, including setting up keywords, choosing which color should block text, whether images and videos are covered, and so on.

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3. Add a keyword for whatever movie or TV show you want to block spoilers for. We’ve opted for ‘Cruella’ which has just been made available to Disney Plus subscribers for free.

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4. Spoiler Protection has now blocked every instance of the term ‘Cruella’ in a Google search, and the extension’s icon confirms that there are 62 of them on this page of results alone.

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It’s worth noting that Spoiler Protection will work everywhere, but its context tools have only been optimized for Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit. While Spoiler Protection is pretty good at blocking key terms everywhere, the add-on’s developer does note that some things might slip through.

Likewise you can also use categories to more efficiently manage your spoiler blocking needs, but it’s not essential to do so.

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