Google Chrome now lets you permanently mute annoying websites

Google is releasing a new version of Chrome to users this week, and it includes a number of new interesting features. The best addition is the ability to mute entire sites that autoplay videos. There are a number of sites on the web that have decided to annoy users by playing videos that follow you while you scroll a page with the sound on. Instead of frantically closing the tab (or muting it) and swearing at your monitor, you can now just simply right-click the offending tab and mute the entire site for good. This replaces the previous “mute tab” feature that was only temporary.

Google is also adding HDR support to Chrome 64 for Windows users, which will require a PC with the Fall Creators Update, a HDR compatible monitor and graphics card. This latest version of Chrome also protects Mac and Windows users against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Google is following other browsers by disabling the SharedArrayBuffer feature to mitigate against the attacks.

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Good to know I’m not the only one glaring at Cnet with this one.

There are reasons I only go to CNET when I need a new TV.

I mean, this isn’t the only one, CNET feels like it lost 80% of its relevancy back in the early 00s, but I didn’t actively avoid it until this.

This is also why I moved from having my computer hooked up to speakers to having it hooked up to headphones. If I’m not expecting sound, I don’t hear it because the headphones aren’t on. So, in other words, these stupid sites have changed my entire computing habits, just to avoid having to hear their bullshit.

you realize you could just mute the computer instead of leaving headphones plugged in, right?

Yes, but that causes accidents, and when I want to listen to something is more work than just picking up the headphones.

Really, though, the issue is accidents. When you mute your computer when you don’t need it, you will occasionally forget and not remember until some stupid website is yelling at you. I can’t go a week in the office without hearing someone accidentally blast something on their computers.

I stopped using CNET altogether. That site was too annoying and that was years ago.

Yeah, we’re looking at you, CNET!

And CNN…The videos that play on load aren’t even about the article!

I just tested this on cnn and it looks like it just mutes the video. It still autoplays and follows you through the article. Maybe I’m missing something here, but I don’t think it really solves the problem.

Muting the sound is fine with me. I imagine that they’ll come up with a workaround soon though. It didn’t take them too long to break Chrome’s blocking of HTML5 video autoplaying with javascript trickery.

It’s to mute the sound. To stop sound playing. It solves the problem it set out to solve

Yup cnn and CNET

Autoplay or automute? They are both different.
As far as I can tell video would still autoplay but with the option of muting the tab.

Yeah, this seems to just be automute.

Fuck Cnet and their terrible autoplay videos. I’ve tried everything to block the videos themselves but it’s never worked properly with adblockers. At least I’ll be able to mute them from now on.

Thank god. Fuck CNET’s autoplay and annoyingly loud videos.

Automute is nice and all, but we need something that just automatically disables autoplay. Cause I really want my bandwidth wasted with your shitty video summary of the article I can read faster than the video takes to load.

Agreed. I don’t think people realize how many people still have low bandwidth. I live in Los Angeles county but in a rural area and have to pay $30 a month for less than 1M download…

Good start. Now let me auto mute everything and just click to enable audio on the rare tab where I want it. I’m listening to my music and don’t need the annoyance of every random site throwing videos at me.

Safari has per-site settings, sort of hidden away: You have to right-click (or ctrl-click) the URL in the address bar. No "mute," but the default is already "stop media with sound."

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