Alphabet-made Chrome extension is designed to tune out toxic comments

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Alphabet incubator Jigsaw has released an experimental Chrome extension that’s meant to make our online browsing experience a little bit nicer by freeing it of toxic comments. The extension, called Tune, lets you choose to see varying levels of polite or aggressive comments. “Zen mode” turns off comments entirely, while “volume levels” ranging from “quiet” to “blaring” let through different amounts of toxicity (like attacks, insults, profanity, etc).

The open-source extension uses machine learning to determine how likely a comment is to be perceived as toxic. It uses Perspective, an API created in 2017 by Jigsaw and Google’s Counter Abuse Technology team, and it’s used by news organizations including The New York Times and The Guardian…

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