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Spoiler Alert! Let’s Talk Insensitivity And Social Media Gatekeeping

Spoiler Alert! Let’s Talk Insensitivity And Social Media Gatekeeping

Tis the season for spoilers galore.

With the most talked about show in the land Game of Thrones coming to a close, and amidst the recently released Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, the issue of spoilers is the topic of much conversation. It begs the question, is there such a thing as spoiler etiquette?

If you’re a Twitter-user, by now you’re aware that this particular space is a cesspool for spoilers. You will find memes, live videos, and commentary the day before, the day of, and days long after exciting movie and television events.

With the much-awaited Season 8 of Game of Thrones, many feel that if you weren’t ready you should’ve been. And they have no inhibitions about spoiling. Nearly two years passed since Season 7 ended, allowing plenty of time to catch up. However, many people began the series amidst the hype of its return, and others don’t watch the show live for various reasons, many of which may be out of their control.

With Endgame, the directors posted #DontSpoiltheEndgame as a hashtag urging fans not to ruin the ending of the movie. It was a thoughtful campaign.

Despite this campaign, some are determined to spoil, even posting the endings of movies and shows in comment sections. These unwarranted spoilers are found in the comment section of popular Instagram posts and YouTube videos. These spoiler-filled comments are usually completely unrelated to what you’re viewing.

Nevertheless, there are ways to avoid some spoilers. Being mindful of the times logging onto social media, particularly Twitter is a start. It’s probably best to avoid Twitter altogether until you’ve actually watched whatever it is you want to see.

At this point in the technology game, it probably isn’t fair to ask you to restrain from enjoying your favorite show live on Twitter.

But, if you’re friends with people that you know has not watched, maybe it’s proper etiquette to block them for a while if you’re going to post.

So what else can you do?

Abide by the Weekend Rule for Movies

Several Facebook groups give the three-day rule for discussion. When popular movies come out, they wait until the weekend is over before opening the spoiler floodgates. It’s obviously a little different for television events, but it is a thought.

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Mute Everything

If you can’t get offline, but you also can’t watch immediately – you need to mute everything. Temporarily mute friends that you know will chat about and retweet spoilers. List all of the possible words you can think of that could show up in your timeline as a spoiler (for instance, Game of Thrones, Daenerys, Jon Snow, Targaryen, Arya…etc).

It will be a long list, but it will be worth it if you don’t want to see spoilers.

Exit the Fold Completely

If you don’t trust your followers to not spoil anything for you it’s best to just completely remove yourself from social apps, especially Twitter, during a live show event until you’re able to enjoy in its entirety.

We all want to watch and enjoy our favorites free of spoilers to the fullest extent (unless that’s your thing). Whether you’re participating online with live tweets, or skipping out on the live show to watch later – let’s collectively be aware of our friends. For those participating, maybe mute and block those who aren’t yet watching, and for those skipping out, utilize that mute feature to quiet those friends from appearing on your timeline.

Are you a live-tweeter, or do you watch a little later than the rest? What’s your thoughts on spoiling? Get the conversation started with us over on Twitter!

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