In addition to dodging requests from exes and a cleaning out a clogged inbox, LinkedIn users are battling another annoyance: Autoplay video. The feature crept onto the platform months ago, but a flurry of complaints on Twitter show that its users are anything but thrilled about the addition:
*signs in to LinkedIn*
*75 videos autoplay*
*signs out of LinkedIn*
— Glen Kemp (@ssl_boy) May 3, 2016
— Ray (@raymayfield) May 1, 2016
— Swarna (@skpodila) April 29, 2016
Oh joy, autoplay is enabled on Linkedin now, too. I’ve never changed a setting so quickly.
— Ciara Mc Nelis (@CiaraMcNelis) April 18, 2016
… and LinkedIn videos autoplay now. I hope you are happy Wall Street.
— David J Bland (@davidjbland) April 18, 2016
Autoplay video is seemingly everywhere on the internet, especially on platforms like Facebook and usually without sound, despite the resistance from users who can’t stand it. But it remains an easy way to get people’s attention and cash in on lucrative video ads.
LinkedIn isn’t backing away from autoplay video, as a rep telling us that autoplay video “continues to be a very popular feature, as it has helped our members engage in content with less actions.”
Still, some users are taking matters into their own hands: LinkedIn users are sharing an YouTube video that demonstrates how to disable the ads. It has racked up 3,000 (non-autoplay) views:
More in Media
The Independent’s Blair Tapper & Thomson Reuters’ Josef Najm are trying to break down advertisers’ news blocks
In a live recording during the Digiday Publishing Summit, the news executives called for more nuanced conversations with advertisers around their brand safety concerns.
After investing in one generative AI startup and suing another, the company will let customers create images on its website and an API.
During the Digiday Publishing Summit, execs from companies including Condé Nast, Dotdash Meredith and Thomson Reuters assessed the industry’s readiness.