In a puzzeling reverse ‘Robin Hood’ move facebook have made a terrible step toward stealing millions of pounds from your pockets and putting it directly in the accounts of other businesses! How? Simply by defaulting your phone app into downloading potentially massive amounts of data so pushing you well over your data plan limit.

Here is how it works according to the Facebook help page. You cannot stop these videos from playing on your mobile device but you can limit them to only appear while you’re connected via WiFi by going to the application settings and selecting “Auto-Play Videos on WiFi Only.”

The videos also play when you’re browsing from your desktop computer too but thankfully there is an option in your settings for videos (bottom left) where you can disable the auto play. If you’re logged in you can try clicking this link which should take you straight to it.

If, like me, you’re still not happy with this annoyingly pushy approach to social media you can make use of the feedback form to provide valuable customer feedback.