Google has confirmed that this is in fact a problem with the new auto-muting feature, and now, the company has rolled out a new v66 that rolls back the update as it applied to the Web Audio API.
GOOGLE HAS been forced to roll back its new autoplay policy for web video in Chrome after it became apparent that it was borking legitimate content. Users and developers have listed dozens of web games and audio sites that were broken after Chrome 66. As users continue browsing the web, Chrome updates that list as it learns where you play media and where you don't.
The original muting of the nuisance videos within Chrome was created to remove one of the annoyances that might have pushed users to install adblocking or other software, something Google wants to avoid as advertising is the primary source of the company's revenue.More news: TV Producer Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes & Burns 80% Of His Body
Content contained in HTML5's video and audio tags will still be silenced, though, limiting the impact of auto-playing audio on what Pallett says is "most media playback" around the Web (which was the original intent of the Chrome auto-play policy).
The autoplay blocking is an example of how browsers are getting more assertive on behalf of users faced with pushy websites. "If you are honest in your claim that the side effects of the policy were unintended and unwanted, you should commit-in clear, straightforward language-to finding other alternatives which do not break vast swathes of cultural work that was developed and distributed on the open web".
Meanwhile, the implementation delay will give "Web Audio API developers for gaming, audio applications, some RTC features more time to update their code".More news: Democrats may get Central Intelligence Agency nominee Haspel over line
In a post on the Chromium developer forums, Product Manager John Pallett admits that Google "didn't do a good job of communicating the impact of the new autoplay policy to developers using the Web Audio API".
The autoplay-video blocker is created to fix one of the greatest problems of the Internet: autoplaying videos on websites. Google now plans on re-introducing the restrictions in Chrome 70, but the Chrome team is looking into other options as well.
Google offered no timeframe on when it might again enable the audio blocking capability of Chrome.More news: 'Shenmue III' delayed, Shen-moves to a 2019 release window
We've updated Chrome 66 to temporarily remove the autoplay policy for the Web Audio API.