Autoplaying videos is the bane of the internet, and Mozilla will do its part to help crush it in the upcoming Firefox 66, which will automatically mute any autoplay video unless the user actively clicks the button. reading, Going through TechCrunch.
As detailed in the blog article announcing the new block, Mozilla defines video autoplay as “any playback that occurs before the user has interacted with a page via a mouse click, press of a printable key, or touch event,” and notes that it will be blocked unless it is explicitly allowed by a user. Users will also be able to manually allow sites to autoplay, allowing sites like YouTube (where most people tend to want their selected video to play automatically upon loading) to continue to function normally.
Firefox isn’t the first browser to try to eliminate autoplay video; Google added a similar block last year in Chrome. Google’s iteration was a more personalized method that used browsing history to determine which sites users would like to block, instead of the broader ban offered by Firefox. And it’s not a complete panacea either – Firefox will only disable offending sites, but videos will continue to play automatically and consume your bandwidth even after updating.
Auto-block is expected to roll out with the next version of Firefox, currently scheduled for March 19.