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Chrome Extension Offers Trump-Free Browsing ( 247

Earthquake Retrofit writes: A new Google Chrome extension lets you remove mentions of Donald Trump from your browsing experience. Trump Filter scans websites for references to the Republican presidential candidate, showing a blank void in the place of Trump-related content. "I am doing this out of a profound sense of annoyance and patriotic duty," the extension's creator, Rob Spectre, writes on the Trump Filter website. "[I was not] put up to this by the Republican or Democratic Parties, the Obama Administration, my mother or any other possible sphere of influence." Trump Filter's code is open source and can be found on GitHub.
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Chrome Extension Offers Trump-Free Browsing

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  • by indy_Muad'Dib ( 869913 ) on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @08:39AM (#51207897) Homepage

    do they have one for hillary and burnie as well?

    • Re:good but.... (Score:5, Informative)

      by hey! ( 33014 ) on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @08:50AM (#51207945) Homepage Journal

      do they have one for hillary and burnie as well?

      There's only so much you can expect an extension to do; it can't read your mind.

    • by bluelip ( 123578 )

      Sounds like Rob Spectre hates America too. Rob, if you're reading this, shoot me your info. I'll buy you a first-class one-way ticket out of the country you hate so much.

      • by cruff ( 171569 )
        He is being as American as anyone, exercising his right to actively ignore anything that is exceedingly annoying. I for one, which that campaign activities were limited to three months before the election.
      • by N1AK ( 864906 )

        Sounds like Rob Spectre hates America too.

        A lot of people would see the right to disagree, or dislike things, as pretty inherently American; apparently you disagree, so maybe you dislike America and would be happier somewhere else.

        • What Spectre could have done was make it so you can filter for whatever you desire...Hillary, Trump, football teams, Kardashions, whatever. Then, he wouldn't have the aura of a political tool about him and instead been seen as allowing people to "actively ignore" anything they find annoying.

    • Re:good but.... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by will_die ( 586523 ) on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @09:15AM (#51208085) Homepage
      No need for one for Bernie since the press is already ignoring him. He gets more coverage on fox news than sites pushing for a democrate president.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        When Bernie said that the illegal Clinton email server and the illegal use of a private (and illegal) server wasn't anything of importance, Bernie signed his defeat statement and gave it to Hilliary. Bernie is only in for the drama and the show. Bernie has already given up.

        Regrettably, the Bern-ites haven't figured that out yet. Are they in denial?

        • The Bernie-ites should just rally behind O'Malley. He's the only one seriously running. Granted, his record in Baltimore is horrendous, but I'd take that any day over someone who's taken kickbacks for Uranium supplies going uninterrupted to Russia, from where they probably go to Iran
      • Bernie gets a lot of press. If he didn't get press then no one would have heard of what his campaign is doing. He's a household name now even by those who don't pay attention to the senate, and you don't get to be a household name without the press. He's not "ignored" though he certainly wishes he had more press that covers his actual policies rather than just being treated as the also-ran.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by jellomizer ( 103300 )

      The problem with trump is if you ignore him, he won't go away.

      The problem is the GOP had branded themselves to the following statements.
      Liberal Media (meaning you shouldn't trust the news as its bias will overstate all issues)
      Democrats who favor government interaction = socialism which is detailed government controls on businesses = Communism the lack of property (so any approach giving additional government funding means they are just not conservative enough and are a PinkoCommy)
      Gun Controls = No Guns

      • Except that Trump's appeal is way beyond the GOP. The people you describe above have mainly rallied to the likes of Cruz and Carson, and others below. They make up the bulk of the GOP base. While Trump does have evangelists, libertarians and Tea Party activists, his gap w/ them over his rivals is actually LOWER than his overall margin in the GOP.

        Reason being that he has attracted Democrat Blue Collar workers - mainly the Union guys - to his rallies. THOSE are the people who throng his rallies - not t

        • I agree that Trump isn't getting strong Christian Right support, because he's most obviously and clearly not the poster child for piety or repentance.

          The group he's picking up are the discontented Republicans. What I wish that Republican-in-name-only really meant, because they don't know what Republican policies are and aren't true believers in the Republican cause. Ask them about their politics in detail and it will come out vague and contradictory. They're just strongly opposed to government, whether th

    • "do they have one for hillary and burnie as well?"

      I'd prefer a Kardashian filter myself.

    • do they have one for hillary and burnie as well?

      You should have read to the end of the summary:

      Trump Filter's code is open source and can be found on GitHub.

      In other words, you could roll your own extension to filter out everything but Fox News and white supremacist websites if you'd like. It's free software and it's a free country.

      • by phayes ( 202222 )

        The trump chrome extension is just another version of the same chrome extension that can be used to filter out all the kardashian & jenner stories from the entertainment section of google news.

        Hopefully trump's infamy pushes the devs into porting the extension framework to other browsers...

    • do they have one for hillary and burnie as well?

      Precisely! To bad this didn't exist in 1995, when we were deluged w/ news of OJ

    • The concept seems wrong. The country is already full of people hidden in bubbles, refusing to hear or even acknowledge contrary views. Then they walk around thinking the entire country has the same views they do, or else they split the country into those who they agree with and the enemy. People need to hear contrary views.

      Blocking Trump, Hillary, or Bernie is counter productive (though see the Christmas special of Black Mirror). What happens if Trump wins the election and all these people say "Trump,

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @08:45AM (#51207923)

    Blocking out the opposing point of view. How Liberal

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Yea, I'm a left leaning liberal and this Chrome extension is just stupid. People blocking the front running candidate of one of our major political parties, wilful ignorance is the worst kind of ignorance.

      • Actually, it's not. Like I don't support Hilary, so am not following what her policies are in the primaries. Since I have no intention of voting for her. But once she does become the nominee, I'll definitely check back. Although, given her history w/ the Rose Law Firm, Whitewater, Cattle Futures, the Bimbo Eruptions and more recently Benghazi as well as her deal within the Clinton Foundation to support Russia getting control of major Uranium supplies, I know what to expect - more corruption if she get

    • I'm Canadian, so I assume your snide reference to liberal would translate to "right wing nut job" up here since the Democrats look like our Conservatives. That aside, though, I think the notion of blocking anything from your net experience is foolish. If you hate Trump, you should *want* to keep up on his psychotic rants. An informed voter is better than uninformed.
      This does not apply to Justin Bieber, of course...

      • I'm Canadian, so I assume your snide reference to liberal would translate to "right wing nut job" up here since the Democrats look like our Conservatives.

        I think you are correct assuming the post was referring to the American definition of liberal.

        Here are a couple of clues for you:
        The article is addressing American politics
        It is posted on an American news site
        The poster made no indication that they had changed the focus of the article to Canada

    • I'm equally interested in blocking out what the blue team is saying. Truly, it's bipartisan: I'm tired of hearing about the guy regardless of who is speaking.

    • by macraig ( 621737 )

      I saw whut you did there, you liberal trickster you. It's not funny.

    • Look, just because I don't want to read any more than I already did about MMS and B17 doesn't mean I am not interested in medicine and cures for sickness. I just don't want to deal with snakeoil. I've looked at it, decided it's stupid, ridiculous, cannot work out and is generally at best useless and at worst detrimental.

      Same with politics.

  • Safe spaces... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Karmashock ( 2415832 ) on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @08:45AM (#51207927)

    ... Who is blocking trump but not blocking ISIS? Who would sit there and say "I can deal with people that nail children to the wall while their mothers are raped behind them... but Trump... Too much."... Who does that?

    The term "safe space" referred to offering a safe harbor to emotionally unstable people so they could calm down and then go back out and deal with the real world. The term has been coopted largely by dishonest hipster idiots that think they can apply the term to anything.

    The world is the way the world is... Trump is admittedly very unusual and quite obnoxious. But on the grand scale of shit in this world... if you need a safe space from him... then you're not ready to leave your parents basement.

    Just let it go.

    • Re:Safe spaces... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by N1AK ( 864906 ) on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @10:34AM (#51208469) Homepage

      ... Who is blocking trump but not blocking ISIS? Who would sit there and say "I can deal with people that nail children to the wall while their mothers are raped behind them... but Trump... Too much."... Who does that?

      Me for starters, even when you poorly try to misconstrue the position like a true keyboard warrior. Nothing about the coverage of Trump is news; it can all be summed up as "Populist ideologue says something half-considered and offensive" (depressingly similar to what a lot of ISIS's populist ideologues spout I imagine, though admittedly with less calls for beheadings). You don't appear to be responding to someone who mentioned safe spaces, or a summary that mentions safe spaces, so god knows why you went on a rant about hipsters. You also got the origin of the term wrong, which is odd given how much its imagined misuse bothered you.

      • 1. The guy is running for president which for Americans is news. So you're just factually in error right out of the gate.
        2. As to attacking populists... that would mean you're going to block Obama, Hillary, Bernie, etc because they're mostly populists right now. You're not doing that though which either means you're being dishonest or don't know what the word populist means.
        3. As to safe spaces, that is literally the point of the stupid program. Its a cyber safe space. We've seen this with the Twitter block

    • ... Who is blocking trump but not blocking ISIS? Who would sit there and say "I can deal with people that nail children to the wall while their mothers are raped behind them... but Trump... Too much."... Who does that?

      Personally I have not seen ISIS propaganda, and definitely I've not seen anyone nailed to the wall or raped. Trump however I can't seem to get away from, and I'm not even bloody American.

    • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

      ah the "X is worse, so who cares about Y" canard.

      • Not as tired as the old strawman of "I know you said X but let me see if people are stupid enough to not realize I'm arguing against Y fallacy".

        I didn't say Trump was not worthy of being annoyed by... be annoyed by what you like. However, if Trump is so psychically painful to your fragile mind that you need to use a bot to scrub him from the internet... precisely how do you look at ISIS? And if you scrub out all those things... what is left and what do you see with any accuracy?

        The safe space concept is for

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @08:53AM (#51207967)

    I would not be able to see this interesting thread?

  • Some nasty malware that only allows for the viewing of Trump related content. Sadly, I have encountered more than a few people who I doubt would notice.
  • you could always just use a web extension to change all mentions of Trump to Darth Vader. []

    "Vader slams Obama for 'Star Wars' quip | TheHill" is a much better google result.

  • I need to block The Kardashians, The Jenners and Marjorie de Souza.

    If it is open source, and provides for multilingual/localization, i can modify to suit the needs of the spanish speaking people.

  • Really - what's the obsession?

  • I'm kind of liking the new Bennett Hasselton Blocker Slashdot seems to have installed. (Don't say his name three times, though.)
  • Yes. Because the way to deal with people we find offensive/unbearable is to censor them from our reality and pretend they don't exist.

    What? Are we fucking two years old or something?

  • by gavron ( 1300111 ) on Wednesday December 30, 2015 @12:58PM (#51209449)

    The original code references a "Jeter" filter -- presumably Derek Jeter. (see

    The Github link in the code and in the github readme says to do this:
    git clone https://robspectre/Trump-Filte... [robspectre]

    Actually you want to include the host name and do this:
    git clone []

    It would have been nice if instead of replacing almost all references to Jeter with Trump
    the code would have allowed entering any number of character strings, such as
    Trump, Clinton, Kardashian, and Fogle :)


  • Totally hides not only trump content, but the whole darn page. Slashdot was completely blank, except for the header assets. No words at all. Truly a vanilla web experience.
  • ... showing a blank void in the place of Trump-related content.

    Just like the x-ray showing the space in his chest where his heart should be ...

  • Because it is such a winning strategy to ignore one's opponent and pretend he doesn't exist.

  • It's disgusting, I don't want to talk about it. No, it's too disgusting. Don't say it, it's disgusting, let's not talk, we want to be very, very straight up.

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970