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The U.S. economy’s contraction in the second quarter was the worst on record.   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Jul-30 by MerlinsDad; 825 views.

I was finding it still counted down even when viewing them in Incognito mode with FireFox. I think. I've got a "sandbox computer" to experiment with though.

But their stingy articles per month is one reason I don't really read them but will google for some other source that shares the same first sentence or whatever someone quotes as a substitute source.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk

Jul-30

I try to avoid sites that have auto play videos when I can, that won’t allow you to read a whole article or that redirect to a different one.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Jul-30

You're welcome.

The information was readily available at any number of news websites, like CNN.  It was even available on Fox News

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/second-quarter-gdp-plunges-32-9-worst-decline-on-record

Showtalk said:

I try to avoid sites that have auto play videos when I can, that won’t allow you to read a whole article or that redirect to a different one.

Same here. But I found some Firefox settings that kill most auto play videos. And sites that have found hacks to play them anyway, I blacklist.

But sometimes I forget that everyone doesn't use Firefox with AdBlock Plus, UBlock Origin, and NoScript to break a lot of bad behavior on a lot of sites. Surfing the web without these tools is kind of like going into a crowded bar in the midst of a pandemic where at least 3 or 4 patrons and the bartender are coughing up a lung.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk

Jul-30

I use everything but still see some auto play. How do you stop it?

The ways to stop the remaining autoplays keep changing as the arms race keeps escalating.

At the moment, here are the top sets of instructions on various methods. I'd tend to periodically google for it (or use duckduckgo or StartPage or Bing to find updated versions)

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/block-autoplay

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1278114

https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/stop-video-autoplay/

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1274056

https://www.guidingtech.com/disable-all-autoplay-videos-firefox-without-extensions/

Autoplaying videos are a scourge. And no, I’m not talking about YouTube, Netflix, or any other site that you visit simply to stream videos. It’s those sites that you go primarily with the intention to read. Instead, you are bombarded by stupid videos that start to play somewhere within a page. ... These videos are just plain pointless for the most part. Not just that, but they also come with increased page loading times and consume tons of bandwidth in the process. ... Thankfully, Firefox now features the ability to block these pesky videos from playing automatically. Finally, you won’t have to rely on extensions (that may or may not work) to help you out in that regard. ...

People using Microsoft Edge are probably just SOL. It's a lot harder to do with Chrome because it's one of the tentacles of Google, whose whole business model is spamming you with paid search results and of course advertising which particularly includes annoying videos that autoplay.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Jul-31

There are videos that jump down the page to follow you.

Are you running firefox or something else?

There is also a little thing that uBlock Origin adds - you can right click on the offending video, and it gives you the option of "Block Element". Essentially it highlights the offending HTML segment that calls up the unwanted video. You click the Select button, then move the mouse until it highlights the video, then click that, and finally "Create" to make the new block list, and viola - the video vanishes.

But yeah. A video that follows me down the screen, I get really upset about. I still get the inactive video box following down the page, and if it is covering what I want to read, I'll use the uBlock Origin plug-in to zap it.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Jul-31

Firefox now. I have others.

Did you try the settings in some of those instructions? On mine I noticed the exact setting menus are not worded the same and the check box was for stop auto-play video, video + audio, neither instead of the way a couple of the articles broke out the selection tree.

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