September 19, 2012


New App Removes All Mentions of Chris Brown From Your Web Browser

Debra L Rothenberg
Debra L Rothenberg

If you're sick and tired of reading about every new semi-controversial thing Chris Brown is up to, Toronto-based music channel Aux is here for you. After Brown's latest scandal—a tat on his neck that kinda-sorta resembles ex-girlfriend Rihanna—they said "Enough!" The company created a new app, Brownout, that removes virtually all mention of the hip-hop singer from your browser. Any text that contains his name is blacked out, and almost all photos of him are hidden from view.

Aux online producer Sam Sutherland told CBS Local, "All we had to do is build a frame where it recognizes the word and ignores it and literally erases it. You can see everything except his name and his face." 

Brownout works pretty well. We applied the app ourselves (to test it, of course), and you can see in the screenshot below that Chris Brown was basically erased from our "Chris Brown" Google search. Not that we'd actually use the app for personal purposes...

Aux is also the company responsible for Nickelblock, a similar app (that we're sad we're just finding out about) that performs the same function with Nickelback

Brownout is currently only available for Google Chrome, and if this kind of thing might interest you, here's the link to download it. (But if anyone asks, we didn't send you there.)