Sick of Justin Bieber? Remove him

Last updated 13:55 26/05/2010
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BANISHED: A new Firefox plug-in removes all mentions of teen popstar Justin Bieber from the internet.

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Help is at hand for those sick to death of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber - a new web browser plug-in scrubs all mention of him from the web.

The app, cheekily titled Shaved Bieber, can be downloaded and installed as an add-on for Firefox. It works with virtually any website, including Bieber's own.

The tool scans pages the user is browsing on the fly and automatically censors any images and references to the 16-year-old Canadian singer.

The war on Bieber was declared after his huge teenage fanbase blanketed the web with Bieber mentions, to the point where Bieber consistently ranked among Twitter's "trending topics". His ubiquity has become too much for many in the older generations.

Bieber's success owes much to the web - he initially shot to fame after his mother published videos of his performances on YouTube.

It was only after his star grew online that he was signed to a major label. His album, My World, is at the top of the ARIA charts.

Greg Leuch, the developer who designed the Shaved Bieber app, said his goal was to "provide tools to consumers to control, adapt, and modify the contents of the internet from their browser, allowing them to hide content they choose not to see".

"Personal censorship is an emerging idea in response to government and business censorship; an approach to providing a free, open, and neutral web that can still be censored by the individual," he said.

Previously, Leuch created a "Dr. Google" app for finding an e-diagnosis to health symptoms, as well as the "lowercase Kanye" app that can be used to "clean up Kanye's blog and repair the damage done by his CAPS LOCK key".

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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