Facebook autoplay audio has users freaking out

Don't Waste Your Money
Posted at 4:02 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 10:15:35-05

So you're bored to death in a meeting at work, or maybe dozing off in the classroom, and you decide to check out your Facebook feed.

Watch out: in the coming days, Facebook is adding "autoplay" audio to your NewsFeed.

That means whenever you scroll through your feed, you will soon get sound along with pictures of that sports report, that cute cat video or whatever angry rant one of your Facebook friends has just posted.

How to disable it

The good news is that Facebookwill allow you to turn offthis potentially annoying feature.

You'll need to go into Settings (not your phone's settings, but your Facebook settings).

Under Settings, look for Sound Settings, and there you will be able to disable it (If you don't see that option, then you don't have autoplay audio yet on your phone).

Learn more about the feature on Facebook's news release.

One caution: Just setting your phone to vibrate may not be enough, as anyone who has ever clicked on a YouTube video at work probably knows. The sound will still come up.

It all alarms office worker Robin Smith. "What if you are at work, and you happen to be killing time, and a video pops up," she said. "I can see a co worker saying 'what are you listening to over there?'"

You probably don't want the whole room to know what you are watching. 

So watch for this new feature showing up soon on your phone, and disable it if you don't like it, so you don't waste your money.


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