Like many tech companies, Facebook is also removing Flash due to the often discovered vulnerabilities. Yesterday, the social media giant announced that all of its videos will load through HTML5 instead of Flash by default.
“We decided to initially launch the HTML5 player to only a small set of browsers, and continuously roll out to more browsers, versions, and operating systems as we improved it and fixed small bugs,” Daniel Baulig, Facebook front-end engineer wrote in a blog post.
You probably have been getting served HTML5 based videos if you’ve been using a modern PC. However, some older browsers didn’t carry on well with the newer standard. They were experiencing more bugs and longer load times. That’s why with the anomaly of the small set of them, Facebook waited to ship the HTML5 player to all browsers by default until yesterday.
According to Baulig, the limitation that caused HTML5 videos to load slower than normal in Facebook has also been fixed. He said, “We finally reached a level we felt happy with shipping.” The videos are not only becoming more secure and optimized, but it’s also going to make the social media experience better.
Recently Adobe has also announced that it’s going to change the name of Flash. However, the flash based games will remain the same as Facebook mentioned that it’s going to collaborate with Adobe so that the gaming experience in social media remains secure and reliable.