Auto-play videos suck. They use bandwidth, and their annoying sounds get in the way when you’re listening to music and open a web page. I happen to write for a website that uses them, and it annoys me to no end. (My editors have no control over those auto-play videos, alas.)
But you can stop auto-play videos from playing on a Mac. If you use Chrome or Firefox, it’s pretty simple, and the plugins below work both on macOS and Windows; if you use Safari, it’s a bit more complex, but it’s not that hard.
To do the whole thing from Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.safari WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline 0 defaults write com.apple.safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2AllowsInlineMediaPlayback 0
(Or substitute com.apple.SafariTechnologyPreview.)
I fought for six months to get those [videos] turned off. When I left, they turned ’em right back on.
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