Trigger warning: discussing abuse and harassment.
Floodgate is a browser extension allows a user to set rules for content display, muting unwanted content on the Web, including social media websites. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, newspapers, blogs can be filtered.
Contact: Jonathan Eyler-Werve - firstname.lastname@example.org
Current status: prototype deployed
Unwanted content online takes many forms. This tool allows users to suppress content based on rules they set, mitigating some of the harm caused by…
I open Chrome over breakfast to read the news. Because it’s before 9am, my rules are set to their tightest profile. As Twitter opens, the extension uses a mix of opt-in rulesets and custom terms to scan for trigger words (including “trigger warning” and “TW”, but also a variety of slurs and abuse). When a tweet’s text matches a rule, it applies the filter I set. In this case, one of my mentions contains a trigger term, and since I’m locked down (breakfast time!) it removes the entire tweet silently. In looser settings, it covers the tweet with a trigger warning which can be removed with a click, or displays the tweet greyed out and without images, per user preferences.
The “bad words” model of filtering is a small first step. Future options include…