After several years of people having to go through the pain of listening to unwanted videos that start playing automatically the moment you open a website, Google has decided to take action on it with the next update of Google Chrome.
The version of Chrome (version 66) will include changes to autoplay videos and the browser will only play them automatically if the sound isn’t turned on by default, or if you interact with the website, or if you have “shown interest in media on the site”. This data will be synced throughout all your devices.
Although these changes were actually scheduled for the January update of Chrome (version 64), Google decided to delay them to version 66. They are now appearing in the beta channels of Chrome ahead of public release next month. Users will also have an option to completely mute a site if they happen to click and interact and the sound turns on.