Automatically Remove Clickbait from Your Facebook Feed
Let’s admit it, Clickbait is annoying. Not only do clickbait perpetrators seek to maximize clicks through overblown and meaningless phrases (e.g. “Coolest and most meaningful article I have ever read. Number 1 was great, but number 7 had me simultaneously in tears of the deepest joy and of the most profound sorrow.”), but they don’t even create the content they peddle. Most of the time, the content belongs to someone else and is simply repackaged. It hurts content owners and it lowers the bar of our online experiences, as content is subsumed by what is essentially advertising.
Because of this, I wrote a little Chrome Extension Clickbait Killer. With the extension, you can automatically filter posts out of your Facebook feed that come from clickbait URLs of your choice. I have added a default list into the application, but you can then change the list, adding and removing sites as you please.
The application then seeks and destroys Facebook posts from the blacklisted sites, maintaining a running total of posts removed. You can look at this total and reflect on the hours you have saved by not watching mediocre You-Tube videos about an old person that did something slightly unexpected or not reading “Top X lists” that contain items as platitudinous as “Be yourself!”
Clickbait Killer requires no permissions, except being able to read and change your Facebook posts, which are obvious prerequisites to being able to filter out said posts.
I’ll be extending the application periodically, including the allowance for posts containing arbitrary text (e.g. “totally awesome”) to be filtered out as well as an option to control how often the application polls for new posts.
If you are interested, you can download Clickbait Killer and give it a try.
If you are interested in the source code, you can find it on my Github page.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or if you found a bug, I would be happy to hear from you. Please visit my contact page and send me an email.