Facebook testing auto-play for videos, precursor to video ads

By Shawn Knight
Sep 14, 2013
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  1. Facebook is in the process of testing a new mobile feature for Android and iOS users that will automatically play videos embedded in a News Feed as you scroll through it. The clips will initially play silently and if you...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,911   +1,703

    It's a good thing I'm not a FB user. I'm sure Twitter will also have something like this in the pipeline. Good thing I'm not a user of that as well or any other social networking site.
  3. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Just wasting my data limit on crappy ads on facebook. Not funny :/
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    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 720   +138

    Lot's of websites are doing this now and I F*CKING HATE IT! I close the website immediately and I usually don't come back. Pissing off your customers is not a good business practice.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    Yeah seriously. FB screws up again.
    cliffordcooley likes this.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +101

    I really hate it on other websites because the sound will start playing first even if you don't click on it
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  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,521   +223

    Time to abandon ship. Good way to eat up peoples limited data allowances. Thinking with their wallets, not their brains. Fingers crossed there is a "wi-fi only" setting.
  8. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Maniac Posts: 546

    So long as theres the option to disable it.
  9. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Yet more bloat to contend with! I hate sites with pop up ads that are often difficult to close down. Another pain is sites that seem to grab memory and stop working. Toms Hardware is a pretty poor site for that.
  10. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Maniac Posts: 516   +12

    If they do this I'll just pull out of FB. G+ has a way better experience anyway, FB only needs to be dumb a couple times and they'll be the next MySpace. Smooth move, greedy bastards.
  11. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +13

    I only visit there once or twice a day and treat it more like an email client, this would be reason enough for me to call it a day on that site, I hate video ads with a passion especially if they have sound and Facebook won't work with Adblock.

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