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Google Awarded New Patent for Spoiler Filter Software

We’ve all experienced the frustration of casually flicking up Facebook on a morning only to be bombarded with spoilers from our favourite shows. It seems some people just can’t resist summarising the entire plot on their social media accounts the second the show has finished; blissfully unaware they’ve just ruined your plans for the evening (Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, EVERY episode…). But there may be light at the end of the tunnel.


On Tuesday 7th April, search engine giant Google was awarded a new patent covering software that filters through your news feed and hides those pesky spoiler posts until you choose to read them. The system works by tracking your viewing on any sites linked to your accounts, much like how companies such as Netflix post to your Facebook wall. This data, including which shows and films you are watching as well as your progress through the series, is then logged and used by Google's algorithms to identify any posts relating to content you haven’t yet seen.

When the system flags a post as containing spoilers the post is blurred out, a warning message is displayed and the user is then asked whether they would like to read more. The system will also allow users to flag content they post as containing spoilers from the offset, avoiding any worries of Google’s algorithms missing one (although those people who routinely insist on telling me who won the Formula 1 as I sit down to watch it each week are unlikely to be concerned enough to use the feature).  

If it’s released, I could see this idea taking off and becoming massively popular. The market is there, now all they have to do is make the software.

It’s still unclear if and how the system will be rolled out, or if the social media giants like Twitter and Facebook will even let Google integrate the system within their sites if it was released. With Google’s own attempt at social media succumbing to a slow death they would need these companies to support the project for it to work.

A Google representative talking to Quartz neglected to give a straight answer, simply stating that “some ideas mature into real products or services, some don’t.”

Hopefully, this one belongs in the former category.

Sam Bonson
Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of this Blog, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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Google Awarded New Patent for Spoiler Filter Software Reviewed by Unknown on Thursday, April 09, 2015 Rating: 5
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