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Videos in your Facebook News Feed may soon auto-play with the sound on

Facebook is testing a big change with how videos play in the News Feed, and one that might not sit well with some users.

The change, which is currently being tested with "a small percentage of people on mobile in Australia," was first confirmed by Facebook to Business Insider.

“We're running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start," a Facebook spokesperson said. "For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself.”

All Facebook videos auto-play by default when you scroll past them, but you normally have to tap into them for sound to play. With this change, sound plays the moment a video starts as you scroll. Facebook is treading cautiously, as a noisy News Feed could prove irksome to many users. 

But Facebook says that 50% of videos watched on its network are already played with the sound on and that this test is to determine if that experience is best for everyone.

Since Facebook made videos auto-play with the sound off by default, many publishers have started adding subtitles to their videos. Facebook even has a lot of tools for advertisers that automatically adds subtitles. Sound being enabled by default in the News Feed would make those subtitles obsolete.

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Twitter adds a hidden ‘night mode’, in what might be a preview of the next iPhone

Twitter has added a “night mode” to its app, in a move that might be a preview of the next iPhone. The new setting lets people turn their background and text opposite colours – making the writing white and the app itself a dark blue.

It might well be a preview of what’s coming in future devices. The iPhone, for instance, has long been rumoured to be getting a night mode across its apps. That wouldn’t just help with not being dazzled when looking at apps in the dark, and by making apps look slightly cooler. It would also be important if Apple rolls out an OLED screen. OLED screens have to work less hard to produce blacks, and those blacks themselves are far richer, meaning that designing apps to use darker colours helps preserve battery life and looks better.

But the feature has only been rolled out to some apps so far, and only by developers. Twitter is one of the first major apps to offer it.

The new setting is accessed by heading to your own profile by selecting the “Me” tab in the app, and clicking the cog in the top right hand corner. When that’s done, a big list of options will come up – one of which will be “Turn on night mode”. The feature can be turned off in the same way.

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