Websites that autoplay videos as soon as a visitor lands aren’t really gunning for the user experience of the year award, in my humble opinion, which is why I am particularly looking forward to this Chrome feature that Google has come up with. Soon, Google Chrome will enable you to permanently mute websites. This means that the website won’t autoplay videos with sound as soon as it loads.

AndroidPolice reports that Google is experimenting with a new feature which will enable users to permanently mute websites on a per domain basis. They will configure this via the page info bubble. Once configured, Chrome will automatically block that page from autoplaying videos with sound.

Google’s François Beaufort mentions that this feature is still being experimented on by the team. In the early version, the sound toggle has been placed in the page info popup which can be accessed by clicking on the far left of the address bar. This particular section already contains various toggles for things like JavaScript, Flash, and notifications.

Websites that have been muted permanently will remain that way until the user manually unmutes them. This feature is currently available in the latest Canary build of Chrome on the desktop. It’s off by default so users will have to enable it manually by heading to the –enable-features=SoundContentSetting switch.

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