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YouTube now works slower for users with ad blockers

YouTube vs. ad blockers is no new thing. It has taken various measures to tackle them. Notably, it sent a legal notice leading to the shutdown of Vanced. Despite these efforts, it seems the war against ad blockers continues. According to reports, YouTube might’ve implemented measures to tackle ad blockers. These measures, including slowing down the platform for affected users, are now impacting a wider audience. This has led to complaints of longer loading times for some viewers, who may now have to choose between…

If you use ad blockers, YouTube might be slower than usual

YouTube began waging war against ad blockers last year in an attempt to force users to either sign up for a YouTube Premium subscription or actually watch the ads they were being served. Most popular ad blockers have since been updated to bypass the crackdown, but YouTube is refusing to back down from the persistent ad blockers.On Saturday, a trending post on Reddit showed a YouTube video starting to buffer whenever a user enabled the AdBlock extension. Hundreds of Redditors chimed in with similar complaints,…

Inside the ‘arms race’ between YouTube and ad blockers

YouTube recently took dramatic action against anyone visiting its site with an ad blocker running — after a few pieces of content, it'll simply stop serving you videos. If you want to get past the wall, that ad blocker will (probably) need to be turned off; and if you want an ad-free experience, better cough up a couple bucks for a Premium subscription.Although this is an aggressive move that seemingly left ad blocking companies scrambling to respond, it didn’t come out the blue — YouTube had been testing something…

YouTube is deliberately ‘suboptimal’ for people using ad blockers

YouTube has admitted to intentionally creating a suboptimal experience for users employing ad blockers. Reports of a deliberate five-second delay in loading video pages on Mozilla’s Firefox have emerged on forums like Reddit and Hacker News. Despite initial speculation about browser specificity, YouTube has clarified that users across all platforms may encounter loading delays. This deliberate delay is part of YouTube’s ongoing campaign to

Google Chrome Resumes Transition to Manifest V3 That Will Cripple Ad Blockers in 2024

Google Chrome will complete its transition to its Manifest V3 extension specification in 2024, the company recently announced via a blog post. The switch to Chrome's Manifest V3 from the previous version is expected to severely limit the functionality of extensions on the world's most widely used web browser — including several popular ad blockers. Google's changes are expected to affect several other browsers that also rely on the Chromium engine, while Firefox and Safari are unlikely to be affected.The search giant…

YouTube’s fight against ad blockers led to ‘sub-optimal’ viewing

YouTube started cracking down on ad blockers earlier this year, but it escalated things this month when it locked out anyone trying to watch YouTube through apps, add-ons and extensions that skip its ads.It’s even affected a lot of YouTube viewers not using workarounds though, with Firefox or Edge users reportedly having to wait around five seconds every time they load a video. In screen recordings shared on Reddit and other online forums, users show how their screen goes blank for a short period when they click on a…

Google Chrome update limiting ad blockers coming in June 2024

Last fall, Google caused an uproar by announcing that it would begin winding down support for Manifest V2 extensions in Chrome in 2023. Because this would have a largely negative impact on several popular extensions, including ad blockers, the backlash was swift. Google ended up scrapping those plans and postponing the migration to Manifest V3. But it did not cancel those plans, and last week, the company announced that the transition is back on. According to product manager David Li, Google will begin…

Google admits YouTube’s war on ad blockers is resulting in ‘suboptimal viewing’ experiences

Some YouTube viewers who use Firefox or Edge instead of Chrome have reported having to wait around five seconds every time they try to load a video. In screen recordings shared on Reddit and other online forums, users show how their screen goes blank for a short period when they click on a YouTube video before the page loads. But when they switch to Chrome, that waiting period seemed to be non-existent. Android Authority and 404media, which reported on the users' complaints, weren't able to replicate the phenomenon. We…

YouTube Faces Criminal Complaint for ‘Spying’ on Users While Detecting Ad Blockers: Report

YouTube could face criminal charges in Europe for allegedly spying on users, according to a report. The Alphabet-owned video streaming platform recently introduced restrictions on ad blockers on the service, preventing users who used specific browser extensions from viewing videos. A privacy consultant, who has deemed Google's new system to block ads 'spyware', is now preparing a complaint against Google under Irish law, for detecting ad blockers on users' computers, weeks after filing a civil complaint with the Irish…

YouTube Begins Global Crackdown on Ad Blockers, Urges Users to Allow Ads or Subscribe to YouTube Premium

YouTube remains a popular destination to watch content, listen to music, and follow your favourite creators online. The ad-supported version of the video sharing and streaming platform is available for free for all users. But, if you want to get rid of the ads and watch videos on YouTube uninterrupted, you'd have to subscribe to YouTube Premium for an ad-free experience. Many users, however, chose not to pay for a subscription and use free but effective ad-blockers to continue watching YouTube without advertisements. This…