YouTube has stated that the slowdown in video loading on the platform that users have noticed in the Firefox browser is not linked to any specific browser, but rather a measure taken to encourage users to stop using ad blockers in any browser.
In recent days, some users have experienced a five-second delay in video loading when using Firefox, with the screen remaining black for several seconds before the video starts playing. However, this issue has not been observed in other browsers like Chrome.
YouTube has confirmed that this delay is due to the use of ad blocker extensions in Firefox, as part of Google’s efforts to combat the use of these programs on its platform. A YouTube spokesperson explained that users with ad blockers installed may experience suboptimal display regardless of the browser they use and that the company has launched an effort to encourage users to either allow ads on YouTube or try a subscription to its 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. The fight against ad blockers is crucial for Google’s main business which is advertising. However, there are concerns that the company may be violating user privacy by using spyware to detect these programs in browsers.