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How to Hide Likes on Twitter

Posted by Arch on August 23, 2019
How to hide likes on Twitter

As you might have noticed, Twitter sometimes really forces the display of Retweets and likes, also known as favorites, and even combines the two. Understandably, this can easily get on some users’ nerves as this is stopping them from watching the content they are using Twitter for.

If you’re among them, you’re probably thinking about how to reduce or completely hide these, and we can’t blame you. Read on to see what you can do.

Use AdBlock Plus for Firefox

Ad blockers for browsers are more powerful now than ever. They can block ads in many shapes and forms. They can, in fact, even block sponsored Tweets as these can really ruin the vibe by appearing everywhere. Even worse, certain Tweet likes also fall under this category.

One way to fight this is by using the AdBlock Plus Firefox plugin that has the Element Hiding Helper function. By letting you filter out an area of a Tweet, it helps you get rid of not just sponsored Tweets, but also the “Who to follow,” “Analytics,” “Moments”, and many other panels.

The only issue with this method is that it tends to hide others’ Tweets on your profile, as well as Tweets that you’ve posted that contain images. This means that it gets increasingly easy to miss others’ replies to your posts, so if you want to give this method a try, don’t forget to check for tweets and comments with photos occasionally.

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Mute Phrases

Twitter has a useful option called Muted keywords. What it does is self-explanatory, but did you know that you can use it to hide suggested Tweets and menus such as “Who to Follow?”

To do this, just go to this link to access this Twitter’s setting directly, or tap the gear icon on the Twitter mobile app to enter the Settings. The most important phrases you should add to the list include:

a) ActivityTweet

b) RankedOrganicTweet

c) suggest_activity_tweet

d) suggest_activity

e) suggested_recycled_tweet_inline

f) suggested_grouped_tweet_hashtag

g) suggest_pyle_tweet

h) suggested_rank_organic_tweet

i) suggest_ranked_timeline_tweet

j) suggest_recycled_tweet

k) suggest_sc_tweet

l) suggest_recap

m) suggest_who_to_follow

n) generic_activity_Highlights

Say No to Liked Tweets

All Tweets have additional options in their top-right corners that can be accessed by clicking or tapping on the Arrow icon. On certain app versions and web browsers, there should be an option called “I don’t like this tweet.”

If it’s not there, look for “Show me less of this.” If you do this enough times, these Tweets will stop appearing because you’ve directly let Twitter know that you don’t want them on your timeline. That’s what makes this a good solution despite the time it takes for Twitter to learn its lesson.

Disable the Algorithm

Twitter has an algorithm that shows you the Tweets it believes you’ll like on top for a long time. Disabling this option also helps with removing the liked tweets.

  1. Log in to Twitter and go to the Settings.
  2. Go to the “Privacy and safety” tab.
  3. Scroll down until you see the “Content” section.
  4. Under “Timeline,” there’s a single option called “Show the best Tweets first.” Disable it by removing the tick from the checkbox.

Turn off All Retweets

While not about likes, this option might give you some peace when it comes to avoiding Tweets from strangers. If you’re using Google Chrome, you can turn off all Retweets manually with relative ease. However, this will take some time, especially if you follow lots of people. This is a workaround method, after all, as Twitter doesn’t let you do this.

  1. Open the list of people you follow. Scrolling all the way down further expands the list. Keep on scrolling until the full list is shown. Alternatively, you can just keep pressing the “End” button on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the three dots in Chrome’s top-right corner to open the main menu. Go to “More tools.” From there, choose “Developer tools.” You can also press Ctrl + Shift + I.
    At the bottom of the code, add the following line and press Enter: a=Array.prototype.slice.call(document.querySelectorAll(“div.ProfileCard-content div.dropdown”));a.forEach(function(e) {e.querySelector(“button”).click(); e.querySelector(“li.retweet-off-text button”).click(); })

Note: You’ll have to repeat this for each of your new follows.

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Hiding Your Likes from Others

Unfortunately, you can only partially hide your Tweets. The only known way to do so is to make your profile private and the only persons affected this way are those that aren’t following you already. To make your profile private, you need to enable the “Protect my Tweets” option:

  1. Log in to Twitter and click on your profile icon in the top-right corner of the home screen. Choose “Settings.”
  2. Go to the “Security and privacy” tab.
  3. Scroll down to find the “Privacy” section and tick the box next to the “Protect my Tweets” option.
  4. Click on the “Save changes” button.

Note: If you don’t do this, your profile will stay public. That said, if you want to make it public again, you should uncheck the “Protect my Tweets” checkbox.

When your profile is private, as already mentioned, other users need to start following you before being able to access your liked Tweets.

Remove a Tweet from Your Favorites

Although not the most useful method, you can simply “unlike” or “unfavorite” a Tweet if you really don’t want others to see that you’ve liked it.

  1. Log in to Twitter and go to your profile page.
  2. Click on “Favorites.”
  3. Look for the Tweet that you want to remove from your favorites list. Hover over it with your cursor and click on the “Favorited” link. It’s located next to the tweet.
  4. To make sure you’ve “unfavorited” the Tweet, refresh the page. The action was successful if it’s not on the list anymore.

Finding Peace

The best way to escape the social network craze is to just stop using them, but since that’s not very easy to do, but hopefully this is a good alternative. If you find security on Twitter very important, be sure to make your profile private.

What’s your stand on social media addiction? Do you think its effect can be overwhelming on people? Let us know in the comments below.

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