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This Google Chrome extension helps censoring offensive language from screen

Soothe covers a wide range of subjects considered offensive, including but not limited, to racist, violent, homophobic, and others.

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With internet being as vast as it is, at times it becomes really difficult to filter out content you do not wish to see. Even the most innocuous sites or pages might spring a nasty surprise. There are a lot of people using foul language, or spreading racist or homophobic content online. And blocking sites is not really the option needed. There’s now a Google Chrome extension, Soothe, that can be activated to blur out any sort of foul or offensive words on the screen. Also Read - Google now lets you set interesting avatars as your profile photo

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It is quite like watching a TV show on an Indian channel, with all the negatives beeped out — only the words here are blurred. Soothe, the extension can blur out content that is consideed to be homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, violent, and sexually violent by the user. Once you download the extension, just choose which categories you wish the content to be blurred and save. The words will automatically be blurred, and not presented when you load the page. Also Read - How to update Google Chrome browser to the latest version

Soothe quickly scans the page to find the offensive words, and then blurs them out, providing the reader with a fuller experience. The extension doesn’t block out only words, but the algorithms have been tweaked to understand the text on the page and blur out entire sentences or larger text if the need be. The extension works in real-time, blurring the text even as the user is reading it. It works even for social media channels, where the words in comments or posts are auto-blurred. ALSO READ: 4 reasons why you should use VPN for private web browsing

If the user at any point in time wishes to read the blurred text, just clicking on the blurred part reveals it. Not only adults, but the feature can also be used by parents to monitor content children see and come across online. Online content has been known to trigger mental illness or make conditions like anxiety worse and the tool was created by Nikola Draca and Angus McLean,to help people cope with the hatred that is present online. ALSO READ: 8 Google Chrome extensions that will improve your internet browsing experience

“It uses sentiment analysis so once it finds what could potentially be a malicious piece of content, it tries to look at sentiment,” Draca said while talking to Motherboard. “If it determines it to be negative, it blurs it out before the user can see it.” On the Soothe webiste, the founders mention, “We developed Soothe in Ottawa, Canada as part of the #HackHarassment challenge sponsored by Major League Hacking.” Currently, the application is in Beta mode and is available to 100 close family and friends. Though it is available for other users too, the experience isn’t complete as it is still under development. ALSO READ: How to save web pages on Android for offline viewing

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  • Published Date: July 19, 2017 5:21 PM IST



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