Chrome extension blocks killers’ names/images

As a means of giving “zero minutes of fame” to mass killers, Chrome offers a plugin that will obliterate the names and images of killers from major web sites.

You can read more about it here. This is from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Ogilvy & Mather.

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3 responses to “Chrome extension blocks killers’ names/images

  1. I’m glad Google kept it a consumer’s choice, rather than just impose censorship across the board.

    Contagion is obviously a factor in mass public killings, especially school killings, but journalists have a duty to report facts, including the identity and motive of criminals. This isn’t to say that I think sensationalism exploited by many media sources shouldn’t be curbed, but responsible journalism shouldn’t be censored out of hand. If a consumer desires to filter their news feed, so be it. I do it all the time. I just don’t need an app, or a journalist, to do it for me.

    • I’m honestly not sure this is the answer, in total, but I think it’s an interesting approach.

      • I’m glad it’s there…that a choice like that is an option. If Google keeps track of its use…and we all know that Google keeps track of everything…it might encourage the media to be less sensationalistic it its approach to coverage.

        But I still think the best option is “Don’t Click On That.” What we used to call “Change the Channel.”

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