Mozilla has recently announced that in its upcoming Firefox 66, it will automatically mute any autoplaying video unless the user actively clicks the play button, via TechCrunch.
In its blog post today Mozilla is defining auto playing video as any playback that happens before the user has interacted with a page via a mouse click, printable key press, or touch event, and notes that it will be blocked unless explicitly allowed by a user. Users will also be able to manually allow sites to auto play, allowing sites like YouTube to continue to work as normal.
Now Firefox isn’t the first browser to add such feature Google has added a similar feature last year in Chrome. Which provide more personalized method that used browsing history to determine which sites users would want blocked, instead of the broader ban that Firefox is offering. And it’s not a complete panacea either Firefox will only mute the offending sites, but videos will continue to automatically play and eat up your bandwidth even after the update.
The new automatic block is set to be launched with the next release of Firefox.