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Firefox will block media autoplay starting next month

Firefox 66 content blocking options (Source: Mozilla Hacks)
Firefox 66 content blocking options (Source: Mozilla Hacks)
Mozilla's Firefox 66 will come with audible autoplay blocking enabled by default, and the Android version will get a new implementation of this feature. The update is scheduled for general release on March 19. However, Firefox 66 will continue to allow muted autoplay.

Audible video/audio content that starts playing automatically is always annoying, even when it involves an interesting interview or your favorite song. Fortunately, Firefox will take care of this nuisance starting next month, when the release with version number 66 is scheduled to arrive.

Yesterday, Mozilla's software engineer Chris Pearce made the following announcement in a blog post: "Starting with the release of Firefox 66 for desktop and Firefox for Android, Firefox will block audible audio and video by default." He also revealed that muted autoplay will work and that Firefox for Android will have the existing block autoplay implementation replaced with the one that Mozilla will add to the desktop version of the browser.

Obviously, the user can choose to set autoplay permissions so certain websites can autoplay sound. Even more, the sites that already got camera/microphone permission from the user will keep working without any changes, delivering audio content as before.

Firefox 66 is scheduled to arrive on March 19 for all platforms. Mozilla's browser is currently available for Android, iOS, Linux, Windows 7 and later, as well as OS X 10.9 and later. However, the iOS version uses a different engine (WebKit instead of Gecko) and its version number is different, so next month's changes will only target the Android and desktop builds of the Firefox browser.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-02- 5 (Update: 2019-02- 5)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.