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YouTube Video Loading Delays Plague Users with Ad Blockers Across All Browsers


Nov 21, 2023

During recent days, some users have noticed a five-second delay in video loading when using the Firefox browser on YouTube. This issue has not been observed in other browsers like Chrome. The delay has been attributed to the use of ad blocker extensions in Firefox, as part of Google’s efforts to combat the use of these programs on YouTube.

YouTube has confirmed that this delay is due to the use of ad blockers and is not dependent on the browser being used. A YouTube spokesperson explained that users with ad blockers installed may experience suboptimal display regardless of the browser they use. The company has launched an effort to encourage users to either allow ads on YouTube or try a subscription to the Premium version if they do not want advertising.

This delay in video playback is another measure that YouTube has implemented to deter the use of ad blockers, adding to previous measures such as warnings and the possibility of video playback being blocked if ad blockers are detected. Google’s main business is advertising, so the fight against ad blockers is crucial for its YouTube platform. However, there are concerns that the company may be violating user privacy by using spyware to detect these programs in browsers.

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