The paywall is a tool to restrict access to users who have paid to subscribe to a website.
In recent years it has been incresing among some news sources, despite a massive use of advertising and cookies that can already cover costs.
Ok, quality news has a cost, but users can’t pay for them all. Waiting for an overall solution that allows choising single articles rather than subscribe for the entire source – Google is working on that, will editors agree? – let’s see how to remove some annoying paywall news sources from Google News that are just wasting our time.
Users are free to pay for good quality information but they should also be able to opt for free information. Free does not always mean bad quality. Not at all.
Besides, many sources with paywall are quite biased, mostly posting political propaganda. Others are just bad quality, nothing original. Others are full of annoying ads and popups. All these can be sufficient reasons why some users want to hide specific sources (it doesn’t matter if free or paid).
You can bypass the problem by deleting cookies but if you’re tired of some specific sources it’s time to hide them forever, on your Google account.
If you want to filter out some sources from your Google News feed, the world’s most popular news aggregator, there’s a simple way, shown below:
Hide (nascondi, in the Italian screenshot) the specific source and you won’t see it anymore. You can still see subdomains though (for example blogs associated to it). They have to be hidden separately.
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