06 May 2019
Mozilla has released Firefox 66 with support for blocking autoplaying videos with sound. The update means the promise made by the team last month has now been fulfilled and that too within the stipulated time. It will further stop slow loading ads to improve the user experience.
Starting the autoplaying videos, Mozilla Firefox will now block all such videos which have sound. It means if there is a website that auto-plays videos on mute by default, it will not get affected. Similarly, the update will not affect the behavior where certain websites tend to autoplay the next video in the queue. These include the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.
These are default settings for the Autoplay Block functionality. But if a user wants to customize them, that is possible as well. It is handy in situations where you might want to allow certain websites to autoplay videos and not block all of them. These settings can be adjusted by visiting Firefox settings.
Other than this, Firefox 66 will stop slow ad loading to prevent the unexpected up and down scrolling of the web page. You must have encountered situations where an ad gets loaded late and your web page gets scrolled back to the top automatically. It is undoubtedly an annoying experience which is something will not happen post this update.