Well now. Usually when we hear about something whacktastic Facebook has done it’s related to their ever-present disregard for privacy. I almost appreciate how they’re giving Facebook users a nice variety of reasons to delete their accounts. Autoplay ads? Really, Facebook? Not cool.
At a conference last week David Fischer, Facebook’s VP of Business, had the following to say about the possibility of integrating auto-play video ads into the site:
“I believe there are ways we could do it. There are ways that could be destructive and distracting to the user experience [A/N: ALL OF THEM]. But there are ways that could potentially balance user experience with advertiser experience. We haven’t put a product out yet because we haven’t had one we’re comfortable with. But if we could, then we would do it.”
Fischer’s statement matches up with a report from last December that Facebook plans to launch a “web and mobile ad” unit by April 2013. The ads will reportedly be 15 seconds long instead of the usual 30, like that makes much of a difference. Auto-play music/video is of the devil. It’s often commented that Facebook’s users are their product, not their customer, and it’s becoming more and more obvious that that’s the case.
I get that ads are necessary for Facebook, but auto-play ads? Nope. Nope nope nope. Ad-blocker: Activate.
For future reference, here’s how to delete your Facebook account.
(via: Death and Taxes)