LinkedIn adds autoplay video to the dismay of its users

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

@LinkedIn why? why do you have autoplay video with sound I mean come on are you just sadists? #badux

— Ray (@raymayfield) May 1, 2016

Absolutely hate the changes in @LinkedIn…so many, including “AutoPlay”!! UGH! pic.twitter.com/6QtnFSaoM9

— 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:

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Lars is Google’s Head of Marketing across Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. With nearly two decades of international experience in the Internet and media industry, his passion lies at the intersection of technology and marketing. His career spans across the globe - from Europe to the emerging markets in Asia - from early stage start-ups to large organizations, providing him with an in-depth understanding of marketing, sales and business development across cultures and industries. In his current role he is responsible for local B2B and B2C brand and product marketing across all Google and Youtube services and devices.

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