Google Chrome receives update, users gain greater control

Terry Joseph
December 19, 2017

The feature is now being tested in beta version, where it can be found under the permission bar.

Last Thursday, Chrome developers officially announced that users can now update their browser and choose to mute annoying autoplay videos on websites.

The latest deployment of the company's internet browser, dubbed Chrome 64 Beta, provided a preview of the empowering feature. It's worth noting that because it is a beta version, it is sure to be plagued with a few unaddressed bugs and other issues that could trip up the browsing experience. But it could be some much-needed relief from those sites you love to visit but hate to watch videos on. It hasn't always been smooth sailing, but you can't say they haven't tried. By clicking on it, users should get a dropdown menu.

The drop down menu in the Chrome URL bar. By default, sound is set to be allowed. By ticking the "always block on this site" option, users can forget about further disturbances from the blocked websites. The audio mute feature will mute audio for the entire site. While I think their thought is that when the video starts playing I'll somehow be drawn in by their captivating host and majestic background music, the result is often me getting frightened by the sudden blast of sound, fumbling around to figure out how to stop the video, and then cursing the site creator and vowing to never come to their site again.

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Chrome 64 Beta allows users to silence autoplay videos on a site-by-site basis, by configuring a setting in Chrome 64's permissions bar.

The absence of such a feature is probably intentional. But expect the feature to hit the stable version soon, as Google has confirmed that full autoplay video blocking feature would be arriving in the stable version by next month.

The most significant features of Chrome 64 beta include functionalities that could improve methods to bypass ads that can harm browsing experience of the users.

Mounir Lamouri, a software engineer explained that audio will be played on autoplay videos when "the user has indicated an interest in the media" and "when users want media to play".

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