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Google Delays Silencing Video Ads In Chrome

Google Delays Silencing Video Ads In Chrome

The good news is that Google isn't throwing out the baby with the bath water: Pallett said the change "does not affect most media playback on the web" because the "autoplay policy will remain in effect for video and audio " content.

Google developer advocate Myles Borins confirmed yesterday that the audio pausing policy would be temporarily rolled back.

With the release of Chrome 66 in April, Google clamped down on lots of websites that tried to play video and audio automatically, but the browser doesn't always block autoplay.

Pallett wrote that this will give developers working with games and audio applications the opportunity to spend more time updating their code.

The Chrome team said that the changes will not impact the web browser's new feature of silencing Internet videos and audio that have an autoplay feature.

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Google's auto mute system learns from user behavior to mute audio on sites where they don't want it, and maintain it on sites where they do. "If you are honest in your claim that the side effects of the policy were unintended and unwanted, you should commit-in clear, straightforward language-to finding other alternatives which do not break vast swathes of cultural work that was developed and distributed on the open web".

While this means that the web games affected by last week's update should no longer see their audio forcibly and automatically muted, Google notes that the rollback is only a temporary measure and that it plans to re-introduce the policy change in the Chrome 70 update this October. But, they are no more in place for the Web Audio API that several game developers use.

Chrome begins with a list of more than a thousand sites where Google found that the browser's users typically played audio or video with sound. Some requested user interface elements that would allow people to control how autoplay content is handled in Chrome, while others simply wanted their games to play their usual variety of music and in-game sounds. Developers and users, however, complained.

We are still exploring options to enable great audio experiences for users, and we will post more detailed thoughts on that topic here later.


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