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A day after users on Reddit complained that YouTube had inserted a code that resulted in a five-second delay before video pages on the platform on Firefox and other multiple browsers, the Google-owned has responded to the issue by blaming ad-blockers.

YouTube accepted that the users who are experiencing a delay on the platform are right but explained that the browser has nothing to do with it. The company said the delay is a part of the company’s recent crackdown on ad blockers across all platforms.

“In the past week, users using ad blockers may have experienced suboptimal viewing, which included delays in loading, regardless of the browser they are using,” YouTube communications manager Christopher Lawton told The Verge.

Lawton said that disabling the ad blocker should resolve the issue, though users “may still experience a temporary delay in loading” until their browser has refreshed. He also highlighted that users will keep seeing issues like this as YouTube works to improve its ad-blocker detection methods.

Delay on Firefox, Chrome and Edge,

The issue was reported to be targeted at Firefox users, however, some users complained about seeing the same delay in Chrome as well as Microsoft Edge. The code shared on Reddit doesn’t appear to have anything specific that checks what kind of browser is in use.

This was cleared by Mozilla’s senior brand manager Damiano DeMonte, who told the publication that “there’s no evidence that this is a Firefox-specific issue.”

YouTube’s ad-blocking crackdown
YouTube wants users to disable ad blockers or pay. The Google-owned platform started a small experiment and started to show pop-up notices to people using ad blockers. In October, YouTube confirmed that it has expanded the small experiment with notices saying “video playback is blocked unless YouTube is allowlisted or the ad blocker is disabled.”

This prompted people to uninstall ad blockers in record numbers but some installed new ad blockers as alternatives that wouldn’t trigger YouTube’s pop-up.

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YouTube explains why videos are loading slower on multiple browsers

A day after users on Reddit complained that YouTube had inserted a code that resulted in a five-second delay before video pages on the platform on Firefox and other multiple browsers, the Google-owned has responded to the issue by blaming ad-blockers.

YouTube accepted that the users who are experiencing a delay on the platform are right but explained that the browser has nothing to do with it. The company said the delay is a part of the company’s recent crackdown on ad blockers across all platforms.

“In the past week, users using ad blockers may have experienced suboptimal viewing, which included delays in loading, regardless of the browser they are using,” YouTube communications manager Christopher Lawton told The Verge.

Lawton said that disabling the ad blocker should resolve the issue, though users “may still experience a temporary delay in loading” until their browser has refreshed. He also highlighted that users will keep seeing issues like this as YouTube works to improve its ad-blocker detection methods.

Delay on Firefox, Chrome and Edge,

The issue was reported to be targeted at Firefox users, however, some users complained about seeing the same delay in Chrome as well as Microsoft Edge. The code shared on Reddit doesn’t appear to have anything specific that checks what kind of browser is in use.

This was cleared by Mozilla’s senior brand manager Damiano DeMonte, who told the publication that “there’s no evidence that this is a Firefox-specific issue.”

YouTube’s ad-blocking crackdown
YouTube wants users to disable ad blockers or pay. The Google-owned platform started a small experiment and started to show pop-up notices to people using ad blockers. In October, YouTube confirmed that it has expanded the small experiment with notices saying “video playback is blocked unless YouTube is allowlisted or the ad blocker is disabled.”

This prompted people to uninstall ad blockers in record numbers but some installed new ad blockers as alternatives that wouldn’t trigger YouTube’s pop-up.

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