In an effort to out-do the FCC in this month’s “who can ruin the internet” competition, Google is testing auto-playing videos in search results.
Search Engine Land has confirmed that Google is running a “small experiment” in which “videos automatically play in the knowledge panel” immediately to the right of search results.
This is roughly equivalent to your dog running a “small experiment” to see which of your furniture coverings is the most delicious.
The auto-play video pops up in the right of the search area when relevant.
At the moment, the videos being shown are those relevant to the search, so you get a Game of Thrones trailer if you search Game of Thrones.
Also vitally important to note is that the videos do autoplay, but they do so on mute.