Let the rage begin - Facebook's made a change

Darryn Smith

GIRD your news feeds - they will soon be drowning in waves of criticism, confusion and dismay because Facebook is making minor changes.

This latest modification means that videos that appear on your Facebook page will begin playing as soon as you reach them, albeit on mute.

Sound will only blast from the videos once they are selected.

It will begin in a "limited test" then spread across the network.

In a statement from Facebook, developer Kelly Hayes wrote: "Now when you see a video in news feed, it comes to life and starts playing".

"Videos initially play silently, and if you want, you can tap to play with sound in full screen.

"Scroll past if you don't want to watch".

This will only be allowed from individuals - with personal accounts or "verified" pages - or pages from musicians and bands.

Although advertiser videos will not be played automatically, it's likely on the cards.

"Over time, we'll continue to explore how to bring this to marketers in the future," Ms Hayes said.

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