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Google Chrome 64 to block auto-playing videos

16 September, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Mute entire webpages if you want

"This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users' wishes when they don't", Google's Software Engineer Mounir Lamouri said in a blog post.

The move by browser makers to limit media that plays without their say will be a welcome change, as auto-playing videos have often been derided as one of the most annoying forms of advertising. "These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers", Google says.

Google Chrome 63, expected to be released sometime around December, will label resources delivered over the FTP protocol as "Not secure", a member of the Chrome security team has shared. Google had previously urged developers to use autoplay sparingly, noting that it even though it can be a powerful engagement tool, it can also annoy users when sound is unexpectedly piped through their system.

The change won't make the web totally silent-videos will be allowed to automatically play as long as they are muted, and Google will allow users to indicate their interest in certain content to allow that media to play by default.

"Autoplay can make it faster and easier to consume on the web". In my experience, news websites such as CNN are particularly egregious with blaring videos as I'm trying to read the article.

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Things will remain the same with Chrome 63 and 64 and the introduction of new features. Next year, you may never again have to hunt through your Chrome tabs in search of the one that's producing sound.

Also this summer Google announced they would be continuing their crackdown against unwanted content by launching Google Chrome ad-blocking features in early 2018.

It can be secured with SSL/TLS, "becoming" thus FTPS (aka "FTP Secure"), but Chrome and all the other major browsers don't support FTPS.

The group that decides this is known as the Coalition for Better Ads, which includes Google, Facebook, News Corp, and The Washington Post.

So, what does Google define as showing interest?

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