Do Yourself a Favor: Block Trump News Stories with Google Chrome Extension
Tired of being inundated by news about Donald Trump? Don’t worry–there’s an app for that! (Sort of.) There’s a new Google Chrome extension that will let users who download it block all mentions of The Donald from their browser.
It’s called the Trump Filter, and was created by Rob Spectre. It comes with step-by-step instructions riffing off of Trump’s campaign slogan:
Install the Chrome extension
Browse the Internet you love
Adjust filter settings on the fly
Make America great again
Spectre explained that he wasn’t doing this out of any sort of attempt to profit off the endeavor, answering the question “Are you making money off this?” by stating:
No, nor was I put up to this by the Republican or Democratic Parties, the Obama Administration, my mother or any other possible sphere of influence. I am doing this out of a profound sense of annoyance and patriotic duty.
Spectre also admits that unfortunately there’s no way to use the filter to block Trump from your TV screen:
Tragically, Trump Filter cannot be installed on your television. However, we hope that enough installs will be a strong signal to the international media that America is ready to move on from this inveterate jackass.
Spectre certainly isn’t the first person to come up with an entertaining extension to block news that maybe some of us don’t want to see all over the internet. For example, there’s also a Google Chrome filter that blocks all references to the Kardashian clan. There are also extensions that alter words commonly found in modern news stories–my personal favorite changes any mention of “millennials” to “snake people.” There’s another good one that changes any mention of the “cloud” to “butt.” Finally, if you’re not going to download the Donald Trump blocker, there’s an extension you can download that changes all mentions of Trump’s name to “some rich asshole.”
I, unfortunately, probably shouldn’t download the Trump Filter, because writing about “some rich asshole” for “snake people” is my job. But if you want to kick off the New Year Trump-less, it’s probably not a bad idea, and I don’t blame you one bit.