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Facebook update brings autoplay feature on video sound

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Facebook just updated its video autoplay feature and it may or may not be to one’s liking.

On its recent blog post, Facebook announced that videos in a user’s news feed will now automatically play — with sound.

Facebook announces new apps that will provide a more convenient way for users of the social network to view videos on a large screen (AFP Photo/Justin TALLIS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Facebook announces new apps that will provide a more convenient way for users of the social network to view videos on a large screen (AFP Photo/Justin TALLIS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Prior to the update, videos on Facebook news feeds are played silently unless the user taps on the video to hear its sound.

“As people watch more video on phones, they’ve come to expect sound when the volume on their device is turned on. After testing sound on in News Feed and hearing positive feedback, we’re slowly bringing it to more people,” the social media giant announced.

“With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” it added.

There are instances, however, when the videos will not play with sound.

Although the feature is automatically enabled, videos would not autoplay if the user’s phone is on silent mode.

The video sounds also won’t “override the audio if you happen to be playing music through an app like Spotify or Apple Music,” The Independent reported.

And if the user “never wants videos to play with sound” as Facebook stated, they can easily disable the feature by going to the Settings menu, and switching off the “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” option.

 

 

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