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App hides political posts on Facebook

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Updated: 10/09/2012 10:26 am Published: 10/08/2012 8:30 pm

As the 2012 Presidential election gets closer, Facebook users may notice these words popping up in their Facebook news feed more often than ever: Obama, Romney, politics, election, and campaign.

Some want these words to disappear from their news feed, and now there's a way to do that.

It is common Facebook complaint, being bombarded with politically charged posts when signing on to the social network.

“Yeah that's really annoying. I really don't care (about politics),” Bobby Laudermilt told FOX23 Monday.

“As far as all the negative stuff going on, I really don't care to hear too much about that,” Shawnetez Garner said.

“I am kind of tired of those (posts). I just skip over them real quick,” Beverly Henson said.

For one Tulsa mom, political talk on Facebook isn't just annoying, it's ended friendships.

“(My friend) said something really nasty about my candidate, and I took a little offense to it. We both got angry, and we deleted each other,” Nichol Harvey told FOX23.

Harvey, who long ago picked her candidate, thinks as the presidential race tightens up, the political venom on social networks will spread like a virus.

“I do not think that they fact check at all. I think they just typed and pushed send,” she said.

Harvey is sick and tired of it.

“I would love to hide anything in regards to the election (on Facebook).”

There's an app for that.

If Harvey wants to keep all her friends through the election cycle and not see any of their politically charged posts, she just has to go to the Google app store and get the "noppl," which stands for "no politics please," browser extension.

The app only works on Google’s Chrome web browser, which is a free download from the technology giant. When she uses noppl, she'll decide which words should trigger posts to be hidden. In an instant, all posts with the preselected words will disappear from her news feed.

Harvey says she prefers noppl to deleting or hiding a Facebook friend.

“When the election’s come and gone you still want that relationship. You don't have to agree on everything.” Harvey said.

The app will block posts containing the filtered words, but it will not be able to detect if the words are contained in a picture of video uploaded to Facebook, so there is a possibility some political posts will still show up in a user’s news feed.

To download noppl, click here:

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