Here’s a bit of irony to help carry you into the weekend: in a tweet posted on Friday morning, CNET alerted the site’s followers to some fantastic news. “Hurrah!” the tweet said. “[Google’s Chrome browser] will block autoplay videos from January.” What’s so ironic about that tweet, you ask? CNET is a great site, but every damn page of every damn article on the entire damn site autoplays a video when you load it. It’s infuriating, but readers won’t have to bear it for much longer.
As noted in that wonderfully ironic tweet, Google has announced that an upcoming version of its wildly popular Chrome browser will block autoplay videos on webpages.