Is CNN’s Autoplay Driving You Crazy?
June 5, 2020 Update:
Since this post was originally published (5 years ago), both CNN and Chrome have changed a LOT. As a result, the original technique for disabling the annoying autoplay of videos on CNN is no longer an option. However…
There is an extension that will solve the problem.
Load this link in Chrome. Click the Add to Chrome button. You will be glad you did.
Another new issue is CNN crashing the tab in Chrome. This is a Google Chrome update issue. If this is happening to you, add the AdBlock Plus extension to Chrome. this stops the video / animated ads from crashing Chrome. At least it works for me.
If you’re like me, you have several tabs open at once in any given browser. I use 3 different browsers on 3 separate monitors to access various sites I need to keep up with. On Google Chrome, I have Facebook, CNN, Google+ and weather all open at the same time.
Starting a few months ago, I noticed audio from some unknown video popping up in the background and running for various amounts of time. Researching the source of this interruption ( fairly annoying when your volume is up and it’s the middle of the night ) and discovered it is CNN launching preview and advertising videos randomly on its page.
I personally find this to be invasive and unacceptable, so doing a little research, I am publishing a fix for this problem.
In Google Chrome:
- Go to Preferences > (Settings)
- Click on Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page
- Go to Privacy > Content Settings
- Go to Plugins > Manage Exceptions
- Create a New Exception:
- Make the behavior = “Block”
- Click “Done” twice to close the windows, then close the tab and relaunch Chrome.
You will now have to Control-Click videos to play them on CNN, but you also will not get blasted with advertising when you least expect it.
- Go to Menu > Addons > Plugins > Shockwave Flash
- Set it to Ask to Activate. This disables Flash player by default and you must click to activate when you want video to play.
You can also install NoScript in Firefox to take control of your privacy and security
- Go to Preferences > Advanced
- Click Stop plug-ins to save power
- In the Security tab, make sure Allow Plug-ins is checked
- Click Website Settings
- In the left column, find the media type you want to stop from auto-playing
(Most non-Flash videos will be QuickTime)
- For both Adobe Flash and QuickTime set “When visiting other websites” to Ask (to click to start) or Block to permanently disable video from that source.
- Click Done
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