At some point, publishers at a lot of the sites I frequent decided that it would be a good idea to start using autoplay videos. While I think their thought is that when the video starts playing I’ll somehow be drawn in by their captivating host and majestic background music, the result is often me getting frightened by the sudden blast of sound, fumbling around to figure out how to stop the video, and then cursing the site creator and vowing to never come to their site again.
That is until the next day when I repeat the process.
Yes, there are ways to block most them (and ads in general), but as a person that literally makes her living off people looking at ads on the internet, I’m pretty against using them.
Now Google is offering a solution of sorts in the newest version of Chrome.
Chrome 64, which was released in beta on Friday allows you to have autoplay videos go silent by default. Ultimately, it plans to allow autoplay videos to be blocked entirely, a feature that should come in January, reports The Verge.
You can give the autoplay muting a try now by downloading the beta version of the browser.
Videos aren’t muted by default across the board, you’ll have to do that on a site-by-site basis through Chrome’s Permission’s bar. But it could be some much-needed relief from those sites you love to visit but hate to watch videos on.
Chrome 64 also has includes an improved pop-up blocker, better security to prevent you from being auto-directed somewhere malicious, amongst other improvements.