You click a link to a news site, to read an article that seems interesting.

On the page that loads there is the article, but also, somewhere on the right, often near the bottom, there is a small video player. Inexplicably, it was not blocked by your ad-blocker.

It is auto-playing a news video that is not connected to the article. Sound is often on.

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@rysiek For a while (and when I was using desktop systems rather than mobile devices) I'd often find the video distribution network these sites were based on, and blackhole the motherluvin' heck out of those. Since media companies are cheapskate asshats, for a while at least there was a relatively small set of these that was ridiculously effective at killing most of this annoyance.

That said, the practice reveals an utter contempt for their audience and readership.

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