Reports of sluggish video playback and delayed responses on YouTube have surfaced recently, prompting speculation about the intentional throttling of non-paying users. The controversy originated on a Reddit thread, where viewers described frustratingly slow loading times and unresponsive interfaces.
However, YouTube has officially denied involvement in the performance issues, attributing them to factors unrelated to their ad-blocker detection system.
“Recent reports of users experiencing loading delays on YouTube are unrelated to our ad blocker detection efforts.”
stated a company spokesperson, directing users to their help center for troubleshooting tips.
But Raymond Hill, developer of the popular ad-blocking extension uBlock Origin, suggests otherwise; he says that recent updates to Adblock might be inadvertently causing the performance problems. Does this all mean that YouTube is unaware that ad blockers have been doing it? It doesn’t make sense.
All these similar issues began in October when forced users to either disable ad blockers or try its paid subscription service, YouTube Premium. The move was criticized, with many users viewing it as an unfair attempt to force them into paying for ad-free viewing.
Currently, the cause of the issue remains unclear, with conflicting explanations from both YouTube and independent developers.
But does this all mean that YouTube is unaware that ad blockers have been doing it or not?