In October 2017 I wrote about escaping the news and my difficulties with social media apps. To continue with this theme, I discovered a method to remove news article suggestions from the Google Chrome browser on my Android Nexus 5x phone and Nexus 7 tablet.
The left-pane of the three-panel image shows the Google Chrome browser displaying news article suggestions by default. To disable this:
- Enter chrome://flags in the browser search bar
The middle-pane of the image shows various browser settings in this well-hidden menu.
- Scroll down to the setting labeled Show server-side suggestions on the New Tab page and select Disable in the dropdown box. Press the Relaunch Now button that appears at the bottom to save the settings
The right-pane of the image displays new, blank Google Chrome tabs without any news article suggestions.
I’ve had enough. I took a bold step last night and wiped several apps, mostly social media, from my mobile phone and tablet. I am on a quest. I must escape…the news.
I watch little network broadcast television at home but it feels like I am subjected to a barrage of news headlines where I least expect them. Simply opening the Google Chrome browser on my Android phone reveals a miniature headline and thumbnail graphic by CNN: Las Vegas gunman planned to escape after massacre, sheriff says.
Thanks, but what does that have to do with my need to purchase a replacement utensil basket for my dishwasher?
There must be a way to disable news headlines from the Google Chrome application on my smartphone. I can’t find a setting so unfortunately I’ll have to search the web for a workaround. Oh shucks, it’s a vicious cycle.
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