How to suppress News Feed Notifications using MapBasic

Products affected: MapInfo Professional®, MapInfo Pro™, MapBasic®
As of MapInfo Pro™ v16.0.2, there is no easy way to be able to suppress these notifications - that appear in the bottom right hand corner of the application - using MapBasic® code.

The Extensibility API allows an MBX to display its own notification, but there is no syntax in MapBasic or in the Extensibility API to suppress the notifications from the RSS feed. 

The only way to achieve this at present is by going to Backstage ("Pro" tab) > Options > Notifications, then unchecking the checkboxes.
UPDATED:  December 6, 2019