Facebook Will Now AutoPlay Newsfeed Videos With Sound

By James O Malley on at

Bad news for anyone who likes their sanity: Facebook has announced plans to change up the way it handles video when it appears on your news feed, and will now start autoplaying videos with sound as you scroll past them.

Yeah, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Rather than being switched off by default, volume will instead depend on whether your phone is silent or not - the good news is that if you do use your phone on silent mode, Facebook won't start blaring out videos of your friends' annoying kids when you're, say, working in a library or secretly checking Facebook at a funeral.

According to Facebook, the change is a result of testing and "positive feedback". Right.

The company has also announced a number of other changes too. Another annoying change is the way it handles vertical video. Videos shot in portrait mode will now receive a longer preview on the Facebook news feed, which means that Facebook is now encouraging this hideous trend.

It isn't all bad news though - there's some neutral in there too. It's adding the ability to "watch and scroll" to its mobile apps - so if you fire up a video and want to keep scrolling through your news feed, it'll now play the video in a smaller Picture-in-Picture window. And the company has also announced plans to launch a specialist Facebook Video app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TVs, in yet another sign that it is gunning for YouTube's video crown.

It isn't clear exactly when the new updates will roll out - but we can bet that you'll hear about it annoyingly loud and clear when it does it. [Facebook]