19 February 2019
Mozilla has announced that its Firefox web browser will no longer auto-play videos. The company has chosen to block all auto-playing videos. The feature will launch with the release of Firefox 66 for desktop on March 19th. The same update will also be available for Firefox on Android. The feature will block any video or audio from auto-playing and will ensure that all videos played are done so with the consent of the user.
In simple terms, unless a user clicks on the ‘play’ button, no audio or video will play. This is useful because it ensures uninterrupted browsing for the user. Do bear in mind that even popular video streaming websites like YouTube and Netflix will be subjected to the same fate when using Mozilla Firefox. However, users will also have the option of opting out of the blocker for websites which they don’t mind audio and video content being automatically played. When a video or audio automatically begins to play, a pop-up notification will alert the user of it. Clicking on it will bring up a settings menu where the user will have the option of changing settings to allow or block the content.
This isn’t exactly a new idea altogether as the company has been thinking of it ever since last year. Having this feature will certainly eliminate annoying advertisement videos which automatically start playing when browsing the internet.