YouTube, which is owned by Google, has taken action against users who have ad-blockers installed on their browsers, resulting in a noticeable decrease in speed for Firefox users. YouTube has repeatedly advised users to switch to the premium version of the platform to avoid ads and to refrain from using ad-blockers. Reports have emerged that Mozilla’s Firefox browser users are experiencing issues with YouTube’s slow loading times. Users have taken to social media to share their experiences, noting that their screens occasionally turn black for a brief period before returning to normal. Google’s response to this situation can be explored further.
YouTube slowing down in Firefox
According to a report by 9To5Google, Reddit users are complaining about YouTube’s slow loading speed. One user shared a video of the issue, which showed a significant gap in the load time of the web app. While the slow speed may be due to the internet connection, many assume that Google has done it on purpose. On the other hand, several users have also suggested that the slow speed might be due to the presence of ad blockers.
Now Google has also pointed out that ad blocking is the reason for YouTube’s slower loading speed, and it has nothing to do with Firefox. Google said: “Users with an ad blocker installed can experience optimal viewing regardless of the browser they use.” They also urged users to allow ads on YouTube or try the premium version. To confirm the suspicion, 9To5Google also tested the same on Chrome, but the download speed did not lag in this case. Therefore, it may very well be a bug.
YouTube’s crackdown on ad blocking has become a serious problem for content creators as it limits their revenue. YouTube is now actively trying to encourage viewers to watch videos with ads. However, YouTube’s slow speed in Mozilla’s Firefox remains a mystery.