Ad blockers might be behind YouTube’s slowdown on Firefox

If you’ve been using Firefox to binge-watch your favorite YouTube channels and noticed that the loading circle is becoming your new on-screen companion, don’t worry; you’re not alone. A recent report by 9to5Google has highlighted an issue where YouTube is loading at a markedly slower pace for some Firefox users, and it appears that adblockers could be the cause. This slowdown is causing quite a stir among netizens. Redditor u/vk6_ posted a video showing YouTube taking its sweet time to load on Firefox. But, plot twist, when Firefox was disguised as Chrome, YouTube loaded faster than you can say “buffering”. Youtube has started to artificially slow down video load times if you use Firefox. Spoofing Chrome magically makes this problem go away. byu/vk6_ inyoutube Google, in response to 9to5Google, hinted at ad blockers as the potential party poopers. They stated, “users who have ad blockers installed may experience suboptimal viewing, regardless of the browser they are using.” That’s Google speak for, “it’s not us, it’s your ad blocker.” But if ad blockers are solely to blame, why does YouTube load faster when Firefox is masquerading as Chrome? It’s not like this is a masquerade ball, and we’re all trying to figure out who’s behind the masks. The timing of this slowdown is also raising eyebrows, considering Firefox has become a refuge for users amidst Chrome’s crackdown on ad-blockers. Is this a strategic move by Google to win back its user base, or just a technical bug related to Firefox’s Gecko browser engine?…Ad blockers might be behind YouTube’s slowdown on Firefox

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