Mail Cleaner: a Chrome extension to mitigate the effects of accidental exposure to the Daily Mail

I came across a Safari extension by Andy Beaumont that mitigates the effects of accidentally following a link to a Daily Mail page by replacing the page with the same content filtered through Instapaper’s page cleaner. This eliminates comments, adverts, the awful misogyny of the Sidebar of Shame, and saves you from the self-hatred that comes from being lured into following links to other parts of the digital rag. I decided to make a similar extension for a browser I actually use: Chrome.

It’s all part of my ongoing campaign of attrition against the toxic influence on society that is the Daily Mail.

You can install the extension via the Chrome Web Store—I had to pay $5 for the privilege of being able to put extensions on there, so I hope you appreciate it!

The source code is on GitHub in case you want to improve it, modify it, or do anything else you wish.


  1. Strawp

    Wrote at 2012-08-15 12:27 UTC using Chrome 21.0.1180.77 on Windows 7:


    Instapaper doesn’t always get it right though, for some reason
  2. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2012-08-15 12:34 UTC using Chrome 21.0.1180.75 on Linux:

    Are you sure that’s not getting it right? I mean, what more do you want to know?
  3. Mavis Cruet

    Wrote at 2012-08-21 16:45 UTC using Chrome 21.0.1180.79 on Windows XP:

    That’s a fine and valuable service. I try to avoid the links as much as I can (I loathe to generate advertising revenue for them), but if it can’t be avoided, you’ve saved my eyes some trauma.

  4. Ben Campbell

    Wrote at 2012-09-10 03:08 UTC using Firefox 15.0 on Linux:

    Very cool!
    Along similar lines, I’ve written an extension for Chrome which overlays warning labels on articles which need them.

    It also shows the missing sources (academic papers, press releases etc) for articles which need em, using data from