Chrome will let you mute sites, block autoplaying videos in the future


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. There are few things in life more annoying than a video you never wanted to watch blaring audio out of your speakers when you least expect it.

Chrome 63, set for an October release, will add a user option to completely disable audio for individual sites.

The decision to mute a specific site will remain persistent throughout the browsing experience so every time you visit a site designated to be muted, its media will be silent-even after you restart your browser and return to the site.

"This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users' wishes when they don't". It will also offer more control to users and unify web behavior across various platforms.

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Wondering what Chrome considers as "showing interest in autoplaying videos?"

Aside from removing the annoyance of auto-playing videos (those that follow you down the page as you scroll are particularly evil), Chrome's blocking tools will also help users consume less data and power on mobile devices. "[Google's Chrome browser] will block autoplay videos from January".

"These changes will give users greater control over media playing in their browser, while making it easier for publishers to implement autoplay where it benefits the user", the blog post reads. We sincerely doubt they're going to let you block YouTube preroll ads with these fancy new Chrome features, especially not when they're now trying to get you to pay them $10 a month to skip those ads. As you can imagine, an auto-playing video drastically sips data as well as battery on the device.

Google, which refers to the ad-blocker as an ad "filter", is using a list of unacceptable ad types provided by the Coalition for Better Ads, an advertising industry trade group. Next year, you may never again have to hunt through your Chrome tabs in search of the one that's producing sound.