DailyDot- A Swedish insurance company has developed an app that aims to curb the rampant amount of bullying that takes place online by replacing hurtful words with compliments.
Fulfiltret, otherwise known as Nasty Filter, is a replacement keyboard app for Android and iOS devices that takes unsavory words and turns them into something more friendly. Swedish insurer Göteborg och Bohuslän released the app as a way to encourage people to think more about what they say before they press send.
The app works like the auto-correct feature on your standard keyboard, except instead of fixing your spelling it fixes your disposition. If you type any of the 1,800 words identified by the app as being bad, a lightning bolt will strike the screen and wipe out the word, replacing it with an option that has a more positive connotation.
The app serves more as a way to raise awareness for the issue of bullying and abusive speech that takes place online than to actually solve the problem outright, but there's assuredly value to it.
Fuck you Sweden. Suck my dick 'Nasty Filter'. Your stupid app sucks. Whoever created it is self important, pretentious asshole. Oh? What's that? I am being mean? Can you even say I'm being a dick with your ridiculous app running? Sorry, but I just don't feel the need to take time out of my day to download an app that's sole purpose is SELF CENSORSHIP! I thought the whole concept behind apps was that you want people to download them. I can't imagine there is much profit in creating something people don't want. I wasn't exactly a Business major, but I think that's just pure recall from day one of Microeconomics.
If I wanted to compliment someone I wouldn't type an insult into my phone. I don't even think this app would work for me. Might as well just change my English to Spanish, because whatever ended up getting sent would not be speaking my language. If every single thing I said to my friends and family was nice they would just assume that it was all sarcasm and view it as such anyway. Personally I would rather have an app that translates every fake nice thing I say into what I am actually thinking. That's an million dollar idea right there. Even I would scour the app store for that one. A program that tells people how I really feel about them. I would cut so many meaningless relationships out of my life in a heartbeat. I wouldn't have to worry about being too much of a pussy to voluntarily tell someone that I don't give a fuck about them. That's what this bullshit, politically correct society needs. More people to stop being so nice, and start being real. Some Swedish app that makes me sound like a pleasant person is undoubtedly a step in the wrong direction.
P.S. There is some logic to this app. Sometimes the simple act of typing or saying something fucked up when the person you want to say it to isn't around is cathartic. Not cathartic enough that I want my phone set to 'Sweetheart Mode', but cathartic nonetheless. Doesn't mean I am about to download this shitty app when it inevitably hits the states, but that's only because I am a normal person that would rather scream a bunch of obscenities out loud in my apartment or type them into a blog about technology developers that are trying to make the world a nicer place.