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Next Firefox update to mute autoplay videos

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If there is one thing I hate about the internet, it’s auto-playing videos. Nothing turns me off more and makes me want to navigate away from a website faster than having a video that I didn’t ask for playing in the background. It’s an annoying trend that website designers seem to believe in as they pursue increased video viewership and advertising revenue over actual customer experience.  Something though which browser companies are looking to increasingly discourage and prevent from happening in the first place.

Following a recent update which Google added to their Chrome browser last year, comes news of an update coming in the new Firefox 66 browser (via TechCrunch) which allow users to automatically block the sound coming from autoplay videos. While it doesn’t turn off the autoplay videos automatically, it is at least something which makes the viewing experience a little less jarring than suddenly hearing a strange noise in the background when you’re browsing to a new site. To switch off actual auto play videos you will need to do so from a sites settings page.

What makes Firefox update a little better than Chrome, is that whereas Chrome did it on a per-site level, Firefox will block it entirely muting any website automatically, with the user needing to increase the volume manually to hear a video. It’s certainly a good step at improving the user experience on the web, though I still feel that companies need to get over auto-playing videos.

Firefox 66 is expected to drop sometime in March. An update which I will certainly be upgrading to soon so that I can rid myself of the scourge of self-playing videos. Or at least the audio they play for now.

Last Updated: February 5, 2019

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