I'm super sorry you feel this way. I think the muting/hushing/filtering system is genius. It allows for a nuanced shaping of my hubski experience. Each of us should be able to dial it in as we like. This is a, opt-in environment. We choose to be here.
No, the filter and hush systems create an opt-in environment because they only affect the filterer and husher respectively.
The mute function creates an environment where anyone can be silenced (from all views) from criticising another's posts just on their whim.