Search engine giant Google has released a new version of its Chrome Internet browser whereby users will soon be able to permanently mute websites containing autoplay videos.
For those uninitiated some videos tend to play the audio while browsing without even pressing the 'play' button. This was flagged as a cause of concern by thousands of users. Further, users expressed their dissatisfaction that some of the pop-ups that appear as play or close symbols, and upon clicking them, users are redirected to other websites.
Google noted that a home-built ad-blocker will be installed on Chrome that will automatically prevent several "annoying" and "intrusive" types of ads from appearing online.
Taking note of the concerns, the tech titan said the function will be available to users over the coming weeks. Google noted that a home-built ad-blocker will be installed on Chrome that will automatically prevent several "annoying" and "intrusive" types of ads from appearing online.
According to The Independent, the new version of Chrome “available on Windows, Mac and Linux, the new version — Chrome 64 lets you permanently mute websites that autoplay videos.” Users need to click the “View Site Information” symbol on the left-hand edge of the “omnibar” or the address bar combined with the Google search box, to mute a site that automatically plays videos. This replaces the previous “mute tab” feature that was only temporary.
However, it can be noted that users can select the 'Sound' option and once the website is muted, it will not automatically play videos with sound again until un-muted. Further the Verge reports that the latest version of Chrome protects Mac and Windows device users against the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” processor vulnerabilities. This feature, will go live on February 15.