Ok - mods said that the reason GIFs don’t auto play on my iPad is because I’m using a browser, and told me to download a third party app for viewing Mastodon.
I tried ‘Toot’ - no auto play of GIFs. I tried ‘Amaroq’ - again, no auto play of GIFs …AND it doesn’t orient the screen to landscape view when the iPad is rotated as such.
Are there any options that allow auto play of GIFs? Really, it’s 2018 and clicking on each individual GIF is like a time warp to the 90s.