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Chrome freezes when scrolling through gifs or videos
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For the past 2 weeks (I think), Chrome has been near unusable with sites that have lots of auto playing gifs and videos. Sites like Twitter and Reddit are my main use cases. 

Whenever I scroll and hit a gif or video, all chrome windows just hangs for a couple of seconds, and then returns to normal. I checked task manager and right when the browser hangs, the CPU hits 20-30% for a bit, and then dies down. However, at that time, all chrome windows are still unresponsive.

I've tried rebooting and using incognito mode (eg. all extensions disabled)
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Same issue for me on ubuntu 16.04, google-chrome-beta 78.0.3904.44-1
My video / gif turns pink and the whole tab hangs.

Nick's workaround works for me as well!  Thanks
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I am also experiencing this on Ubuntu 19.04, viewing youtube and twitch.

Chrome Version 78.0.3904.44 (Official Build) beta (64-bit)
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I have found a "solution" to anyone following this!  Go into your chrome settings, search for and disable the following setting:

Use hardware acceleration when available

Restart Chrome ... it worked for me!
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fixed problem for me too

symptoms: freezing while scrolling reddit and twitter, very lengthy freezes when trying to watch native twitter and reddit videos. freezing less obvious but still noticeable on other websites, like you tube.
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Also fixed issue for me, Twitter was crashing when I used GIF search, thank you
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When scrolling in chrome, my photos and videos are also poorly loaded. As an alternative, I use https://isavegrams.com/
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