Yesterday Google launched an experimental Chrome plugin that uses their Perspective AI engine to try and detect the toxicity level of comments. In my case, it's not as much the toxicity as the noise that I care about, but the two seem to go together.
I thought it would be received positively but it's getting panned on Product Hunt and in the comment sections of sites like Gizmodo. Some examples (I filtered out the most toxic, noisey ones for this list, but the first one still seems toxic and noisey to me 🤔):
From Product Hunt:
Why Google wastes their time on needless rubbish - and why PH sucks Google's dick, this is what we should question. Just ignore the trolls.
👆 I wish it would filter comments like that because noise. And they're what I think causes people to avoid comment sections and for publications to turn them off.
I hope this takes off. Nothing like knowing the assy comment you’re about to leave may never be seen by it’s intended recipient to make you cool your jets. It also gives you plausible deniability if someone asks if you saw their reply.
👆 One of the few positive comments. I liked it because Tune reminds me of ad blockers on horrible sites and Gmail's spam filters. Also, Gmail is pretty good at highlighting what it thinks may be important in my inbox, which I like.
Imagine being so fragile you have to have an extension to shelter your emotions. This is the exact opposite of what a clinical psychologist would do to help people deal with their phobias and emotional traumas.
👆 I wonder if we're seeing the most comments from people who hate the idea because they feel their comments will get filtered out?
👇 Rating on Product Hunt: 0.3/5. Ow. Your thoughts.