Tune by Google

AI-powered Chrome extension that hides toxic comments

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Tune is an experimental Chrome extension from Google's Jigsaw that lets people customize how much toxicity they want to see in comments. Set the “volume” of conversations on a number of popular platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus
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I sometimes deserve some mean stuff, both digital and offline. Everybody does and everybody has to learn to deal with it. Nevertheless, online "toxicity" has a different nature, so it should be an open conversation. I don't think that it's a perfect solution, I don't think that it's even close but let's give it a shot and see...

Pros:

Ok. At first glance, it seems like something resembling this may be useful for kids but...

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it's simply an unhealthy approach to information.

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I don't think this is the right way to go about the problem. I don't know the solution, but blocking it out all together from a third party is not a lasting and productive solution.

Pros:

Useful focus group to see how people pick and choose what they deem as something not worth seeing. Data farm to inform grander goal.

Cons:

Easily abused, poor approach to online discourse, filter out the noise rather than engage the noise. Oh, and skeuomorphism...

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Open source addict

It's difficult to figure out what it considers to be toxic, but so far it seems to be cursing. The medium setting also hid a comment which was an opinion, albeit a bit harsh. Luckily you can mark comments as "shouldn't be hidden". I disagree with other reviews on here that are scared of this extension. It's not censoring either, that's just pushing it. It's just a way to silence the noise. Sometimes when I'm researching something I don't want to get dragged into discussions and people yelling at each other. This extension would be perfect for that. One very important point I'd like to make though is that it should stay in this specific form. Don't quietly hide comments, the dots that replace the comments currently are perfect. As long as it is opt-in and can be tweaked I think this extension is a great idea. I do feel there's something to be said about being allowed to post toxic comments yourself even though the filter is turned on. It hides your own comment when toxic (I tested it. Obviously deleted my hateful comment after) but I don't know if that's enough.

Pros:

Nice design, leaves dots where it's hiding comments so you can check them. The dial is quite nice. Quiet research!

Cons:

Can't tune what's considered a toxic comment.

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Learner, Contrarian, Entrepreneur

Folks, please don't let Google censor the internet for you. Their bias and blindspots are immense.

Pros:

Google shows its cards

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You have to be dumb or naive enough to trust Google's censoring in order to use.

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It's incredibly ambitious to think a real-time system will be able to effectively block vitriolic comments.

Pros:

Not much

Cons:

It is functionally a pretty simple filter for angry-sounding comments and naughty words. Not accurate at all.

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I really don't like how Google tries to play internet police.

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Hiding a problem never solves it. Never. It just provides false sense of safety.

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Entrepreneur, Developer, Photographer

This slippery slope needs to be shutdown immediately.

Pros:

Confirmation Bias

Cons:

Mass censorship by our corporate overlords.

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Filtering even more conversations so the polarisation can be even more extreme - I'm astonished and scared what Google is pushing here... This is "opt-in" censorship - how long will it take till it is "opt-out" and then no choice at all...

Pros:

You only get to see content approved by Google

Cons:

You get censored by Google

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