BBC Experiments With Negative News Filters on its Homepage to Help Readers with Anxieties
Would you filter out bad news if you could?
The developers got this idea when a colleague organised an office mental health day to make the team think about the impact technology has on well-being.
“We knew from other research that many young people are turning away from news because it was affecting their mental health,” said Grandjean.
The web browser extension can remember all trigger words added by a user and blurs out sensitive content every time they visit the homepage. They have the option to unmute it and read the article at any time.
The developers see the limitations of such approach. For example, editorial judgement is needed to see how a topic is reported on.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.