This is one of those issues I’m conflicted on. It’s good to provide the option, and there are certainly times when it’s appropriate, but it’s one of those things that can also be used to create a consensus bubble, intentionally or not.
Personally, I prefer to know what’s going on, good, bad, and neutral, but I can completely understand that some interactions go beyond what is tolerable or appropriate for some, and that some people have a way of interacting with others that is offensive and should not be tolerated. There are also people who choose to use said options specifically to in an effort to promote their own bad behavior and to stay within their own bubble of bias and intolerance.
On the whole I come down on the side of providing the option to ignore or mute, but I am always concerned with how the ease of doing that in an online context affects people’s ability to cope with adverse real-world situations where clicking a button to ignore something is not an option.
It’s not an easy thing to parse out. I suppose it’s enough to be glad that people online have the option to do block things they’d rather not experience.
Very much conflicted on this particular issue.