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Facebook Possibly to Introduce Autoplay Ads; It’s Almost Like They’re Asking Us to Delete Our Accounts

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)

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  • Pamela Kemp Grabinski

    I leave FB up in the background at work. Auto-play ads would curtail this as that particular PC does not have the computing power to handle that in addition to the programs necessary for work. So based on my one person sample, a net loss to advertising viewership.

  • Travis Fischer

    NOW can we all move to Google+?

  • Scott Slemmons

    And then someone will slip malware and viruses into the ad code, blow up millions of computers… I honestly can’t imagine why someone at Facebook hasn’t already shut this idea down…

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never gotten used to auto-play ads either, probably because my computer is always on mute. The few times it isn’t, I go into a panic trying to figure out WHERE THAT DAMN VOICE IS COMING FROM.

    No, Mark! I won’t!

  • Captain ZADL

    Social Fixer will probably take care of this. If you’re not already using it, try it out at – it’s a free plugin that forces Facebook to work the way you choose. No, I don’t work for them or get kickbacks or anything like that. I’m genuinely endorsing it because I use it.

  • Captain ZADL

    Which totally looks like I’m spamming for it. I’m not. Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    God willing.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I believe you.

  • Lady Viridis

    Just another reason for me to keep Adblock+ on at all times.

  • Lady Viridis

    I don’t know, I was deeply unimpressed by their “real names only!” drama, and I’m still irritated by the way Google now wants me to connect ALL THE THINGS. No, Google, I DON’T actually want to use my real name on my Youtube account. WTF. Why would you even think that was a good idea?

  • Mordicai

    NOW can everyone just get a blog & use a feed reader?

    (I would recommend Google Reader, the best product Google has made since search & mail, but they neutered it to try to drive traffic to G+. How’s that working, Google? PS please re-de-lobotomize Google Reader.)

  • Max

    Just get adblocker and never worry about it again?

  • Jeremy Sadler

    As long as Adblocker continues to work… meh.

  • Melissia

    I don’t have an account, and god DAMN it, Facebook…. this is NOT convincing me to get one.