How to Block YouTube from Pausing Videos Automatically in Chrome and Firefox
Google has recently updated YouTube with a new prompt that shows up over a video whenever the user has been inactive for a specific amount of time.
The playback is automatically paused and user interaction is required to resume. “Video paused. Continue watching?” the notification reads, and users are required to click “YES” to continue playing.
While very little has been said officially on this new feature, its purpose is as simple as it could be: Google wants to reduce the number of passive viewers who typically load long videos, like music mixes, and then let them play in the background.
The same thing for playlists, which make it super-easy for YouTube users to listen to their favorite music without opening the site once after the playback starts.
In theory, this is something that’s really useful for everyone because they can listen to music without opening YouTube, but from Google’s perspective, it means these passive viewers do not watch ads that bring home … (read more)