At this stage it might be more convenient to read lemmy exclusively from your dedicated browser. The default device/app “webview” is inferior than many browsers to display web pages.
I discard any distro that does not define itself as GNU/Linux and that has difficulties to use the term free as in freedom. Ubuntu and Linux Mint are some of those.
Ubuntu has always been free to download, use and share. We believe in the power of open source software; Ubuntu could not exist without its worldwide community of voluntary developers.
It is completely free of cost and almost all of its components are Open Source. Linux Mint stands on the shoulder of giants, it is based on Debian and Ubuntu.
One could just read Google’s TOS to consider their services as malware. Blocking Google domains makes sense for a software pretending to protect you against adware and spyware.