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Browser Plug-In Exposes Exaggerated Headlines For The Clickbait They Are

Downworthy takes viral article titles and replaces them with more realistic alternatives.

Serena Chu
Serena Chu on January 27, 2014.

We have all been baited with deceptive headlines like “10 stories That Will Change Your Life Forever” or “You Won’t Believe What Happened To This Five-Year-Old Boy.” While it is nothing to be ashamed of, it is, however, somewhat annoying when the story does not live up to its title. So if you want to filter out the mundane, unoriginal stories from your browser, the new Chrome plug-in Downworthy can do that for you.

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Created by Alison Gianotto, Downworthy exposes hyperbolic viral headlines for what they truly are, which in some cases, would be “vaguely unpleasant” and “mind-numbingly ordinary stories.” Headlines like “This is awesome” becomes “this is probably slightly less boring than working” and “OMG” becomes “yawn.” This hilarious and cheeky plug-in is perfect for anyone who wants to do away with misleading content.

For the full list of translated headline meanings, you can visit here.

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Source: The Verge

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