Facebook has announced that it will automatically play sound on any videos that pop up in your News Feed.
“As people watch more video on phones, they’ve come to expect sound when the volume on their device is turned on,” the company wrote in a blog post.
“After testing sound on in News Feed and hearing positive feedback, we’re slowly bringing it to more people. With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life.”
While video has become increasingly important to Facebook, the move is likely to prove unpopular with users, especially as the feature will be enabled by default.
Fortunately, there ways to stop the sound from Facebook video embarrassing you in public.
Firstly, Facebook videos won’t play sound if you have your phone on silent. They also won’t override the audio if you are playing music through your phone or listening to something like Spotify or TuneIn Radio.
You can disable sound autoplay by within the settings of the Facebook app.
If you use Android you need to tap on the Menu button located in the top right of the screen, the scroll down to App Settings > Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.
On iOS head to Settings > Account Settings > Sounds > Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.
The new feature is expected to be rolled out to all users over the coming weeks.
The news comes as Facebook announced the launch of a standalone app for smart TVs.
The app, which is available on Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, lets users watch videos shared on Facebook on a bigger screen.
Facebook also announced it has redesigned how vertical videos so they display better on smartphones.
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