Google Chrome Mutes AutoPlay Videos Based on User Behavior

Thanks Google! Have you fallen victim of visiting a site and you’re in a meeting or at your desk and in a quiet environment when your computer starts talking? This has happened to most of us at Spigot, Inc! If you find this annoying, you will be happy to read from TechCrunch that Chrome and other browsers have muted this autoplay feature. The best news to Spigot, Inc is that it is based on user behavior, which we value above all.

There’s little that’s more annoying on the web than videos that start playing automatically and with their volume up. Over the course of the last few years, Chrome and other browser vendors have started to combat this, but for the most part, those solutions relied on the user explicitly taking action. Now, following the launch of a similar feature on mobile, Chrome on desktop is also getting much smarter about which sites it’ll allow to autoplay and which it’ll block — and it’ll learn from your behavior to personalize this feature.

Google says a “significant number of autoplays” are paused and muted, or have their tabs closed, within six seconds. I’m actually guessing most people close those tabs faster, but six seconds seems like a good enough measure to know whether a user wanted to hear the sound from a video or not.

Going forward, Google will learn from your own browsing behavior and learn which sites you’ll want to mute. For users who aren’t logged in — or who are new to Chrome — the browser will automatically mute about 1,000 sites by default based on that six-second measure it’s using to detect annoying sites.

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