Used to be a Shoutbox solely on the front page, that you could remove if you edited your front page layout, but now it's its own thing that hovers wherever you go. No escaping the General Chit-Chat box. It follows you everywhere!
What model Switch do you have? If you have a launch-model Switch, then you can do the really easy RCM exploit. It's easiest if you buy a jig, which are cheap, since you'll need to connect two pins within the right JoyCon rail whilst holding down Power and Volume Up.