Listen, Chrome extensions are a fun way to reinterpret the internet through a lens of in-jokes, be it one that auto-converts cloud to butts or another that "blocks" unproductive sites with aggressive motivational phrases. But they can also be a curse to those who publish words online in some professional capacity. Case in point:
so, uh, be careful with chrome extensions, journalists everywhere https://t.co/Wp9c2wSxPF pic.twitter.com/JUpnjYiAes— emily dreyfuss (@EmilyDreyfuss) March 9, 2016
In a statement provided to The Verge, editor Joe Brown affirms that "Wired did not intend to go on the record stating that Trump has small hands, which we can neither confirm nor deny, but we have located the offending joke Chrome extension and have updated the story to reflect the correction."
I'm not about to mock Wired — full disclosure, we absolutely have at one point published an article that accidentally replaced all instances of millennials to snake people — but let this be a warning to writers, reporters, editors, fact checkers, social media managers, and anyone else that might hop into a WYSIWYG editor with the intent of putting words up on a public digital forum: be careful with your plugins.
The article's author Jason Tanz is taking the error in stride:
good news: my latest piece @wired is blowing up! bad news: it's because of this: pic.twitter.com/cb1ijVyveR— Jason Tanz (@jasontanz) March 9, 2016
come for the correction, stay for the analysis of decentralized culture and the decline of traditional signifiers of formal authority!— Jason Tanz (@jasontanz) March 9, 2016
@ambelenky it is, although it's generated a lot of traffic. we should do it again next week.— Jason Tanz (@jasontanz) March 9, 2016
And just remember: clean-up can be a bit tricky:
omfg they haven't caught it everywhere https://t.co/EUIOKqhrCr h/t @jasonclampet pic.twitter.com/gndjy5O8Gl— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) March 9, 2016
Update: Added a statement from Wired editor Joe Brown