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Microsoft News on Windows 10 now lets you hide specific publishers

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Microsft News Hide Publisher (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Microsoft News app on Windows 10 now lets you hide specific publications.
  • The Microsoft News app no longer supports the "My Sources" feature.
  • If you want you unhide a publication, you can easily do so through the app's settings.

The Microsoft News app on Windows 10 now allows you to hide specific publications. News publications vary in terms of reliability. While an outlet might cover a topic that you care about, it can omit facts or context that alters the angle of the story. Now, you can hide a publication, so your feed only shows reliable news sources. Alternatively, you can hide outlets that you don't like. The update began rolling out recently, and now people see a prompt about the change when they open the app.

The Microsoft News app allows you to follow specific topics, general areas of news, and local news stories. Previously, you could select specific sources to see news using the "My Sources: feature, but that is no longer available following this update. To some extent, the ability to filter out publications replaces this functionality.

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To hide a publication, you need to click the ellipsis icon in the corner of a news story's preview. You then just need to click "Hide Publisher." There doesn't seem to be an option to hide a publisher from inside a story. If you change your mind about a publication, you can go to the Settings section of the app, click "Hidden Publishers" and unhide any publications that you'd like to see.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

15 Comments
  • That is a much needed change. I had stopped using their news app.
  • I vehemently disagree mythos13. Willfully insulating yourself in an ideological and political bubble is the most dangerous and anti-intellectual thing you could possibly do. You are presented with a choice, and you are choosing to put your head in the sand and ignore reality. Focusing solely on what you agree with and denying any other viewpoint is why we're so fragmented as a nation. Stop and think. Use your mind, you're better than that.
  • I agree.. This is exactly why I leave Fox Noise on and also sometimes even read those opinion pieces. People need to stop playing sides and start looking at what's actually going on.
  • Or consider the various reasons why it's appropriate to filter out certain content. Have you ever tried astronomy as a topic? What you get the bunk pseudoscience and pop culture stars flooding everything. Yes, this feature's been needed in the app since 2012. Without getting into the political debate, there's a fine line between keeping an open mind and, well, you know the rest. Nearly to a person, every body I've met who's espoused that "you're just keeping yourself in a bubble" attitude is using it as a thinly-veiled way of promoting the BS they cling to, as seen by every person who does, indeed, think. Some of us just choose, in a very intellectual, pro-reality way, not to waste our time with the conspiracy theorists and nutjobs who deny reality.
  • I certainly don't need to read the idiocy on Fox to know where they stand on everything. The right primarily has a simple, black and white world view without nuance.
  • While this sort of thing will exacerbate the sorting of news costumers based on political leanings, it will also allow people to block outright propaganda news sources from their stream. Win some, lose some...
  • It's a very frustrating conundrum. Like, I'm thrilled I will be soon rid of Fox News an The Dailey Caller, I also know that others will remove credible news sources because they don't fit their biases. I really wish selection and confirmation bias was taught in school and reinforced at every job interview throughout a person's life.
  • Everything after your first sentence is profoundly ironic. Three years of "Russia!" when Mueller and the recently released docs prove there was never anything there, but now that there *is* a story involving Russia -- Hillary, the DNC, and the Obama administration's deceptions and abuses of power -- "Nothing to see here!" Don't be so credulous.
  • "News publications vary in terms of reliability. While an outlet might cover a topic that you care about, it can omit facts or context that alters the angle of the story." That's ironic. Its top story is a gigantic, smiling Joe Biden saying that he wouldn't pardon Trump. If this were a news application, it wouldn't post anything from NBC, and the headline would read "predator, Obamagate henchman, and Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden hopes to avoid jail time ...." Use Newsflow.
  • So you would only consider it real news if it came from some far-right/conspiracy-theory source that essentially serves to confirm your own biases.
  • You're projecting, and don't be illiterate. I said that NBC is not news, a conclusion that every thinking person must draw and of which that headline is sufficient evidence.
  • Let's be honest, NBC, Fox, CNN, Washington Post, CBS... The lot of them stopped being reliable sources of news years ago.
  • great, can we finally hide thurrot?
  • I love how this always boils down to a political argument. I don't want to read "entertainment" news about celebrities (People mag, etc.) but "Oh, I need to keep an open mind and see EVERYTHING..." No, I don't think so. Filtering is a nice to have...but everyone had to go straight to the politically-related response.
  • Hi, have you met the internet?