Discussion:
Can't play ANY facebook videos with firefox
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The Real Bev
2019-05-21 21:52:55 UTC
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Slack 14.2, 64-bit

I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...

I tried getting rid of extensions, .css files, etc., ultimately
installing the latest version (67.0 today) and doing NOTHING to the new
profile except my facebook login. Same thing. The screen reloads, but
the video doesn't play.

No problem with chrome, which I really dislike. I dislike virgin
firefox too, but I can fix that.

Somebody once suggested a codec deficiency, but all the references refer
to not-slackware solutions which only work sometimes and which
frequently refer to nonexistent directories.

I tried installing a 32-bit version of firefox, but it burped on
libgtk-3.... and I've never had success tweaking around with libs :-(

Any ideas?
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Cheers, Bev
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Anonymous
2019-05-21 23:38:52 UTC
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Profile may be corrupted.

backup profile directory. (ie copy to another directory)
delete profile directory.
launch firefox. It will create a new profile directory.

see if this works.
The Real Bev
2019-05-22 17:32:09 UTC
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Post by Anonymous
Profile may be corrupted.
backup profile directory. (ie copy to another directory)
delete profile directory.
launch firefox. It will create a new profile directory.
see if this works.
New install of 67 via separate download. It created a new virgin
profile. I've done this before with previous Quantum versions with
similar results. It doesn't work fresh out of the box.
--
Cheers, Bev
Cthulhu for President in 2020. Why vote for a lesser evil?
Arkadiusz Drabczyk
2019-05-23 12:36:30 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Post by Anonymous
Profile may be corrupted.
backup profile directory. (ie copy to another directory)
delete profile directory.
launch firefox. It will create a new profile directory.
see if this works.
New install of 67 via separate download. It created a new virgin
profile. I've done this before with previous Quantum versions with
similar results. It doesn't work fresh out of the box.
Start firefox in shell and check logs. I use Firefox 67.0 on
Slackware 14.2 x64 bit but I think it has no problems with playing
Facebook videos here, can you post a link to the video you're having
problems with?
--
Arkadiusz Drabczyk
The Real Bev
2019-05-23 16:48:51 UTC
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Post by Arkadiusz Drabczyk
Post by The Real Bev
Post by Anonymous
Profile may be corrupted.
backup profile directory. (ie copy to another directory)
delete profile directory.
launch firefox. It will create a new profile directory.
see if this works.
New install of 67 via separate download. It created a new virgin
profile. I've done this before with previous Quantum versions with
similar results. It doesn't work fresh out of the box.
Start firefox in shell and check logs. I use Firefox 67.0 on
Slackware 14.2 x64 bit but I think it has no problems with playing
Facebook videos here, can you post a link to the video you're having
problems with?
https://www.facebook.com/GameByte/videos/2128929977224873/

Log only appears on exit. Opened FF with new virgin profile, opened
facebook, logged in, went to the first video and attempted to run it.
No joy. Quit FF.

[Parent 3090, Gecko_IOThread] WARNING: pipe error (141): Connection
reset by peer: file
/builds/worker/workspace/build/src/ipc/chromium/src/chrome/common/ipc_channel_posix.cc,
line 357
[Parent 3090, Gecko_IOThread] WARNING: pipe error (95): Connection reset
by peer: file
/builds/worker/workspace/build/src/ipc/chromium/src/chrome/common/ipc_channel_posix.cc,
line 357
IPDL protocol error: Handler returned error code!

###!!! [Parent][DispatchAsyncMessage] Error:
PLayerTransaction::Msg_ReleaseLayer Processing error: message was
deserialized, but the handler returned false (indicating failure)

IPDL protocol error: Handler returned error code!

###!!! [Parent][DispatchAsyncMessage] Error:
PLayerTransaction::Msg_ReleaseLayer Processing error: message was
deserialized, but the handler returned false (indicating failure)
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Cheers, Bev
"What fresh hell is this?" -- Dorothy Parker
Arkadiusz Drabczyk
2019-05-24 16:40:25 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Post by Arkadiusz Drabczyk
Post by The Real Bev
Post by Anonymous
Profile may be corrupted.
backup profile directory. (ie copy to another directory)
delete profile directory.
launch firefox. It will create a new profile directory.
see if this works.
New install of 67 via separate download. It created a new virgin
profile. I've done this before with previous Quantum versions with
similar results. It doesn't work fresh out of the box.
Start firefox in shell and check logs. I use Firefox 67.0 on
Slackware 14.2 x64 bit but I think it has no problems with playing
Facebook videos here, can you post a link to the video you're having
problems with?
https://www.facebook.com/GameByte/videos/2128929977224873/
Log only appears on exit. Opened FF with new virgin profile, opened
facebook, logged in, went to the first video and attempted to run it.
No joy. Quit FF.
[Parent 3090, Gecko_IOThread] WARNING: pipe error (141): Connection
reset by peer: file
/builds/worker/workspace/build/src/ipc/chromium/src/chrome/common/ipc_channel_posix.cc,
line 357
[Parent 3090, Gecko_IOThread] WARNING: pipe error (95): Connection reset
by peer: file
/builds/worker/workspace/build/src/ipc/chromium/src/chrome/common/ipc_channel_posix.cc,
line 357
IPDL protocol error: Handler returned error code!
PLayerTransaction::Msg_ReleaseLayer Processing error: message was
deserialized, but the handler returned false (indicating failure)
IPDL protocol error: Handler returned error code!
PLayerTransaction::Msg_ReleaseLayer Processing error: message was
deserialized, but the handler returned false (indicating failure)
I don't know what these logs mean but I can play this video without
any problems. And I'm curious - does Youtube for example work for
you?
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Arkadiusz Drabczyk
The Real Bev
2019-05-24 20:03:00 UTC
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Post by Arkadiusz Drabczyk
Post by The Real Bev
Post by Arkadiusz Drabczyk
Post by The Real Bev
Post by Anonymous
Profile may be corrupted.
backup profile directory. (ie copy to another directory)
delete profile directory.
launch firefox. It will create a new profile directory.
see if this works.
New install of 67 via separate download. It created a new virgin
profile. I've done this before with previous Quantum versions with
similar results. It doesn't work fresh out of the box.
Start firefox in shell and check logs. I use Firefox 67.0 on
Slackware 14.2 x64 bit but I think it has no problems with playing
Facebook videos here, can you post a link to the video you're having
problems with?
https://www.facebook.com/GameByte/videos/2128929977224873/
Log only appears on exit. Opened FF with new virgin profile, opened
facebook, logged in, went to the first video and attempted to run it.
No joy. Quit FF.
[Parent 3090, Gecko_IOThread] WARNING: pipe error (141): Connection
reset by peer: file
/builds/worker/workspace/build/src/ipc/chromium/src/chrome/common/ipc_channel_posix.cc,
line 357
[Parent 3090, Gecko_IOThread] WARNING: pipe error (95): Connection reset
by peer: file
/builds/worker/workspace/build/src/ipc/chromium/src/chrome/common/ipc_channel_posix.cc,
line 357
IPDL protocol error: Handler returned error code!
PLayerTransaction::Msg_ReleaseLayer Processing error: message was
deserialized, but the handler returned false (indicating failure)
IPDL protocol error: Handler returned error code!
PLayerTransaction::Msg_ReleaseLayer Processing error: message was
deserialized, but the handler returned false (indicating failure)
I don't know what these logs mean but I can play this video without
any problems. And I'm curious - does Youtube for example work for
you?
Yes. Some news sites' videos work, others don't.
--
Cheers, Bev
Some mornings it's just not worth chewing through the straps.
Anonymous
2019-05-27 01:22:00 UTC
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What country are you in?
Australia has been banning bitchute videos for example.

Try tor-browser application.
The Real Bev
2019-05-27 05:37:47 UTC
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Post by Anonymous
What country are you in?
Australia has been banning bitchute videos for example.
Try tor-browser application.
USA. I tried to install tor, but it wouldn't for some reason.
--
Cheers, Bev
"...so she told me it was either her or the ham radio, over."
King Beowulf
2019-05-28 00:34:49 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib. No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.

Try install ffmpeg (Slackbuilds.org) and make sure you didn't dump the
typical F/OSS video codecs. FF has a bunch of stuff built in to play webm
[basically a container for VP8/VP9/AV1 (video); Vorbis/Opus (audio)]
assuming you installed libvpx (part of a full stackware install).

Did you somehow wreck your gstreamer-1.0 install? additional gstreamer
codecs are on Slackbuilds.org.

pull up https://www.youtube.com/html5 and fix anything that is missing.
I added x264 and x265 (H.264, H.265) codecs from Slackbuilds.org as well
since some youtube videos aren't transcoded.

Also check in FF under Preferences and see if DRM is enabled ( some vids
may need this), and if you block all cookies that could cause issues. I
allow (no 3rd party) but dump on close.

You may also want to peruse this:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/anyone-actually-
know-why-firefox-won%27t-play-some-youtube-videos-4175614576/
The Real Bev
2019-05-28 04:02:01 UTC
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Post by King Beowulf
Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib. No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.
No problems with youtube, just facebook and occasionally news sites.
Post by King Beowulf
Try install ffmpeg (Slackbuilds.org) and make sure you didn't dump the
typical F/OSS video codecs. FF has a bunch of stuff built in to play webm
[basically a container for VP8/VP9/AV1 (video); Vorbis/Opus (audio)]
assuming you installed libvpx (part of a full stackware install).
Did you somehow wreck your gstreamer-1.0 install? additional gstreamer
codecs are on Slackbuilds.org.
pull up https://www.youtube.com/html5 and fix anything that is missing.
I added x264 and x265 (H.264, H.265) codecs from Slackbuilds.org as well
since some youtube videos aren't transcoded.
No H.264 or H.265. I'll check into that ... Neither one at slackbuilds
for slack 14.2
Post by King Beowulf
Also check in FF under Preferences and see if DRM is enabled ( some vids
may need this), and if you block all cookies that could cause issues. I
allow (no 3rd party) but dump on close.
I doubt that facebook cares about DRM, but it's enabled. I accept all
cookies -- easy enough to throw them away.
Post by King Beowulf
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/anyone-actually-
know-why-firefox-won%27t-play-some-youtube-videos-4175614576/
Facebook problems, not youtube.
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Cheers, Bev (Registered Linux User 85683)
Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really
embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen
an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. They'd be a
lot more careful about what they say if they had. -- Linus Torvalds
Rinaldi J. Montessi
2019-05-28 11:23:11 UTC
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No H.264 or H.265.  I'll check into that ... Neither one at slackbuilds
for slack 14.2
https://slackware.pkgs.org/14.2/slackpack-x86_64/x265-2.3-x86_64-1gds.txz.html

http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/x264/pkg64/14.2/
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River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little
Rock.
The Real Bev
2019-05-28 18:10:13 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
No H.264 or H.265. I'll check into that ... Neither one at slackbuilds
for slack 14.2
https://slackware.pkgs.org/14.2/slackpack-x86_64/x265-2.3-x86_64-1gds.txz.html
Installed that along with the x264 equivalent. No joy (tried with
virgin FF67 too), and the https://www.youtube.com/html5 page still shows
x264 missing even after computer reboot.
Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/x264/pkg64/14.2/
Any chance that these would be different?
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Cheers, Bev
Election 2016:
There's never been a better time to vote libertarian.
King Beowulf
2019-05-29 06:27:32 UTC
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Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
Post by The Real Bev
No H.264 or H.265. I'll check into that ... Neither one at
slackbuilds for slack 14.2
https://slackware.pkgs.org/14.2/slackpack-x86_64/x265-2.3-
x86_64-1gds.txz.html
Post by The Real Bev
Installed that along with the x264 equivalent. No joy (tried with
virgin FF67 too), and the https://www.youtube.com/html5 page still shows
x264 missing even after computer reboot.
Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/x264/pkg64/14.2/
Any chance that these would be different?
You still may need ffmpeg.
http://www.slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/multimedia/ffmpeg/

Alienbob's repo is trusted; not sure of stuff linked from pkgs.org

See also:

http://www.slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/multimedia/x264/
https://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/multimedia/x265/

gtreamer plugins:
https://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=gst&sv=14.2

or, do what I did years ago. Dump Facebook. It's all fake news silos and
data skimming.
The Real Bev
2019-05-30 03:43:27 UTC
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Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
Post by The Real Bev
Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
Post by The Real Bev
No H.264 or H.265. I'll check into that ... Neither one at
slackbuilds for slack 14.2
https://slackware.pkgs.org/14.2/slackpack-x86_64/x265-2.3-
x86_64-1gds.txz.html
Post by The Real Bev
Installed that along with the x264 equivalent. No joy (tried with
virgin FF67 too), and the https://www.youtube.com/html5 page still shows
x264 missing even after computer reboot.
Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/x264/pkg64/14.2/
Any chance that these would be different?
You still may need ffmpeg.
http://www.slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/multimedia/ffmpeg/
Alienbob's repo is trusted; not sure of stuff linked from pkgs.org
http://www.slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/multimedia/x264/
https://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/multimedia/x265/
https://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=gst&sv=14.2
Got all that stuff. Probably time to give up again.
Post by Rinaldi J. Montessi
or, do what I did years ago. Dump Facebook. It's all fake news silos and
data skimming.
I've made it as much like usenet as possible. I see posts ONLY from
friends (most from usenet, some from RL) and friends of friends. I see
no ads. The bad part is that strangers who would be welcome are
excluded unless they're FoF, and that the format itself doesn't
encourage discussion -- just pronouncements.

Most of my usenet friends have switched to facebook, probably because
most of THEIR friends switched to facebook. It's no substitute, but I
don't see anything better. "Forums" are maddening.

Any company that thinks my data might be used to sell me something is
wasting its time and money, which is probably a good thing.
--
Cheers, Bev
The beatings will continue until morale improves
Jimmy Johnson
2019-06-01 04:44:19 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Post by King Beowulf
Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
  Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems.  It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib.  No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.
No problems with youtube, just facebook and occasionally news sites.
Facebook problems, not youtube.
Facebook video is a Facebook app, just like their games, try and get a
link to the video and if you want you can search the web for the video,
most can be found on youtube, I use duckduckgo search. You have to
allow a lot of script and many cookies to watch network news video,
these can also be found by doing a search.
--
Jimmy Johnson

14.2 - KDE - AMD A8-7600 - EXT4 at sda9 - Registered Linux User #380263
The Real Bev
2019-06-01 05:22:05 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Post by King Beowulf
Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib. No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.
No problems with youtube, just facebook and occasionally news sites.
Facebook problems, not youtube.
Facebook video is a Facebook app, just like their games, try and get a
link to the video and if you want you can search the web for the video,
most can be found on youtube, I use duckduckgo search. You have to
allow a lot of script and many cookies to watch network news video,
these can also be found by doing a search.
The quick and dirty solution is to just copy the URL into chrome. It
makes me feel dirty, but I am NOTHING if not pragmatic!
--
Cheers, Bev
"Sure, everyone's in favor of saving Hitler's brain, but when
you put it into the body of a great white shark, suddenly
you're a madman." --Futurama
Steve555
2019-06-18 19:59:36 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Post by Jimmy Johnson
Post by The Real Bev
Post by King Beowulf
Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib. No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.
No problems with youtube, just facebook and occasionally news sites.
Facebook problems, not youtube.
Facebook video is a Facebook app, just like their games, try and get a
link to the video and if you want you can search the web for the video,
most can be found on youtube, I use duckduckgo search. You have to
allow a lot of script and many cookies to watch network news video,
these can also be found by doing a search.
The quick and dirty solution is to just copy the URL into chrome. It
makes me feel dirty, but I am NOTHING if not pragmatic!
Another quick and dirty solution that might work is to download the
video with youtube-dl. Although I don't know if it works with facebook.
But that would be less dirty than using chrome - if it works!
I don't have a facebook a/c (and never will) so I can't test it for you.
Anyway, just a suggestion ;-)
--
Gnd -|o----|- Vcc Hey computer, what's the weather in Sydney?
trig -| 555 |- dschrg $> finger o:***@graph.no|tail -1|espeak
o/p -| |- thrsh
rst -|-----|- cntrl Steve555
The Real Bev
2019-06-19 15:47:39 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Post by Jimmy Johnson
Post by The Real Bev
Post by King Beowulf
Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib. No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.
No problems with youtube, just facebook and occasionally news sites.
Facebook problems, not youtube.
Facebook video is a Facebook app, just like their games, try and get a
link to the video and if you want you can search the web for the video,
most can be found on youtube, I use duckduckgo search. You have to
allow a lot of script and many cookies to watch network news video,
these can also be found by doing a search.
The quick and dirty solution is to just copy the URL into chrome. It
makes me feel dirty, but I am NOTHING if not pragmatic!
Another quick and dirty solution that might work is to download the
video with youtube-dl. Although I don't know if it works with facebook.
But that would be less dirty than using chrome - if it works!
I don't have a facebook a/c (and never will) so I can't test it for you.
Anyway, just a suggestion ;-)
I've got one that seems to work nicely, but there are almost no such
videos that I want to keep and I really need to clean out my /Downloads
subdirectory. REALLY. It's almost as bad as /tmp :-( Slobs should
never save ANYTHING!

Curiously enough, I found a video that chrome wouldn't play. It was the
clickbait ad (can't remember where I saw it) that warned you about
eating a certain vegetable. Fortunately there was a text script.

Executive summary: corn, antibiotics and artificial sweeteners will
kill you; buy the guy's book for details. Seems stupid to create an ad
that some people can't see.
--
Cheers, Bev
Why should I be tarred with the epithet "loony" merely
because I have a pet halibut? --Monty Python
Steve555
2019-06-21 22:30:21 UTC
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Post by The Real Bev
Slack 14.2, 64-bit
I think this inability started with Quantum Firefox, but maybe earlier.
Possibly when switching from 32- to 64-bit (multilib) slackware, which
provides its own set of problems. It's all hazy now...
....snip...
Post by The Real Bev
Any ideas?
I'm running Firefox 60.7.0esr (64-bit) on Slackware64-14.2 multilib. No
issues playing youtube or other web embedded videos.
No problems with youtube, just facebook and occasionally news sites.
Facebook problems, not youtube.
Facebook video is a Facebook app, just like their games, try and get a
link to the video and if you want you can search the web for the video,
most can be found on youtube, I use duckduckgo search. You have to
allow a lot of script and many cookies to watch network news video,
these can also be found by doing a search.
The quick and dirty solution is to just copy the URL into chrome. It
makes me feel dirty, but I am NOTHING if not pragmatic!
Another quick and dirty solution that might work is to download the
video with youtube-dl. Although I don't know if it works with facebook.
But that would be less dirty than using chrome - if it works!
I don't have a facebook a/c (and never will) so I can't test it for you.
Anyway, just a suggestion ;-)
I've got one that seems to work nicely, but there are almost no such
videos that I want to keep and I really need to clean out my /Downloads
subdirectory. REALLY. It's almost as bad as /tmp :-( Slobs should
never save ANYTHING!
Curiously enough, I found a video that chrome wouldn't play. It was the
clickbait ad (can't remember where I saw it) that warned you about
eating a certain vegetable. Fortunately there was a text script.
Executive summary: corn, antibiotics and artificial sweeteners will
kill you; buy the guy's book for details. Seems stupid to create an ad
that some people can't see.
Seems that he forgot puffer fish! That's a bad omission ;-)
--
Gnd -|o----|- Vcc Hey computer, what's the weather in Sydney?
trig -| 555 |- dschrg $ finger o:***@graph.no|tail -1|espeak
o/p -| |- thrsh
rst -|-----|- cntrl Steve555
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