Spince Links is a free clickbait blocker that compares the relevance of link text (e.g. This is Link Text. Click Me!) to the text on the actual linked page.

The open source tool to combat clickbait links can be installed for free on Google Chrome.

How it Works

The clickbait tool uses a term frequency (TF) statistical algorithm to score the relevance of the link text compared against the text that is shown on the actual linked page. The rationale is that a relevant (i.e. non-clickbait) link would have its text appear frequently on the actual page.

Features

  • A green circle indicates a likely relevant link
  • A red square indicates a possible clickbait link
  • A dashed line indicates the link wasn't analyzed
  • Only text based pages are analyzed
  • Only links of certain length are analyzed
  • Spince also extracts a key sentence as popover
  • Ships with customizable blacklist to stop execution
  • Major sites like gmail and aws on blacklist
  • Exclude any link to prevent analysis
  • Multiple Languages (non-English)
  • Enhanced algorithm under development
  • No browsing data sent to Spince Links
  • Open source code on github
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Fox News Demo

The open source tool combats clickbait on Fox News. You can install the tool for free from the Google Chrome store.

Washington Post Demo

The open source tool analyzing links on the Washington Post.

Bing Demo

The open source tool analyzing links on Bing.

WSJ Demo

The open source tool analyzing links on the Wall Street Journal.

The open source tool to combat clickbait links can be installed for free on Google Chrome.

Spince Links+

The current clickbait blocker uses an algorithm that has certain benefits and drawbacks. An enhanced version using the state of the art in intelligent algorithms is under development. This will be launched as Spince Links+.

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Free & Open Source

The code for Spince Links can be viewed on Github. This is the actual production code submitted to the Google Chrome store. Pull requests for improvements and new features are welcome and appreciated.

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More Platforms

The current version of Spince Links is for the Google Chrome web browser. The plan is to quickly release versions for Firefox, Safari, and mobile platforms. Platform requests can be made on Github or below.

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