YouTube punishes ad-blocker users with slower videos on non-Chrome browsers

Update (November 20, 8:48 pm ET): Google has issued a statement about YouTube videos loading slower on non-Chrome browsers.

What you need to know

  • Several Reddit posts have highlighted a five-second delay when loading YouTube videos on Firefox, which disappeared when the user agent was switched to Chrome, revealing a potential browser-specific issue.
  • Investigation by users suggests that the delay isn’t a Firefox bug but an intentional addition in the JavaScript code of YouTube’s desktop client.
  • Discussions speculate that the added delay might be linked to ad display, possibly as a workaround for users employing ad blockers.

YouTube’s desktop site is reportedly slowing down for some people on Mozilla Firefox, causing confusion among users.

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