Block CNN Auto-play Videos

Auto-play videos that start yelling at me when I just want to read a paragraph or two of news make me crazy. I’ve been fighting a years-long battle against the CNN videos with limited success. Today, I landed on a solution that is working.

  1. Install Ad Block Plus.
  2. Click the ABP stop sign icon and select Options.
  3. Click on Advanced on the left and scroll down to My Filter List
  4. Click Edit Filters and add a line that looks like this
  5. Click Save. You are now auto-play video free!

I expect this won’t work forever, as it seems to be an escalating battle where CNN really really needs you to have their annoying videos play. For now, enjoy the silence!

Prof @ UMD iSchool, computer scientist, social media analyst

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