The next Firefox will block all autoplayed audio, video

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/06/firefox-popup-blocker-2-0.html

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You can already (v65) set it that way, or have it ask for each site. (It remembers the setting and shows it beside the URL, where it can be changed.)

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I must admit, this makes for a very attractive option. But. . .I’m so hooked on Chrome, man!

huffington post has been driving me nuts with that dang autoplay lately. almost every article. (I know that site is a bit sensational - Ive got several news sites I go to. that’s down the list and generally taken with a grain of salt)

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Yes, and Chrome is hooked on you. So win-win!

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Yes, but will the next Firefox still suffer from cripplingly slow TLS handshake slowdowns?

Does FireFox still push a high volume of updates? I stopped using it years ago because the updates felt so disruptive.

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Hoo-fucking-ray

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We have GOT to find a new funding model for news. News websites are like porn sites on steroids when it comes to sketchy ads, autoplaying videos and obtrusive popups and overlays. It reeks of desperation and destroys the ambiance of informed civic engagement.

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Awesome. Of course there are plugins that already disable this but i’m definitely happy that this is being implemented at the browser level to make internet browsing better for everyone involved.

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My first thought was, “Why didn’t this happen a bazillion years ago?”

My second thought was, “Wait, does this mean we’re going to go back to the days when nothing will actually play when it’s supposed to?”

I also eagerly anticipate the day when browsers no longer by default tell you that there’s no such site as www.example.con , failing to anticipate the distinct possibility that you might have been trying to type something else.

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Will “blocks autoplayed video” include blocking autoplaying gifs and carousels? Please say yes.

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It would be nice if FF and other browsers made responding to the user a top priority, instead of grinding away on massive scripts on pages in the background.

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It will only block autoplay video if the video has audio. The title of this post on boingboing makes that pretty unclear.

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v65. I assume v66 will have a UI for it rather than diddling the settings.
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Oh, phooey.

There are things like Auto Discard Tab, but I might even consider paying for a browser that was built around that experience by default.

Halle/fucking/lujah !

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Really? I’m looking at my preferences menu in Firefox 65, and I don’t see an option. What do I have to do?

The reason I can’t do it any longer. The worst ones are those who complain that I use an ad blocker. Without disabling that one, there will be no further reading. When it is disabled I get adshit blowing up the site.

By the way, I was wondering if there is a chance to sue the MoFo’s for using up my data volume without consent? Dickheads have always told me that when I use a site with free content, I should not complain. Right. But it is not free for me if the ads destroy my data volume, for which I have to pay. So, no site is ‘free’ for the user one way or another.

Here is my Firefox version, that You get an idea how I am doing.
FF-4802

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There’s no UI for it in v65.

about:config URL

Then change media.autoplay.default to 2.

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