MADRID, Nov. 20 (Portaltic/EP) –
Some users of Youtube have detected that in recent days videos load with a five-second delay when played in the Firefox browser, a measure that has been linked to the use of ad blockers and Google’s war against these programs.
The experience of open the YouTube website on your computer and playing a video differs if used as Chrome or Firefox browseras shown by a user, identified as vk6, on Reddit, where he shared the delay experienced when starting playback.
In his test, when he searches to play a video on YouTube from Firefox, the screen goes black for several seconds before starting it. If you switch to Chrome, the video starts playing automatically.
The reason would be found in the extensions that allow you to block ads in this browser. Specifically, in the uBlock Origin Reddit forum, they claim that the delay is not a Firefox bug, but is due to a code that Google has entered on YouTube. They have identified this code as 5E3 in the polymer script link.
YouTube confirmed in early November that it was implementing global measures to combat ad blockers in browsers, accompanied by an increase in warnings urging the user to avoid its use or subscribe to YouTube Premium. Furthermore, if you continue using these programs, the platform may block the playback of the video in question.
The most immediate consequence that was detected was a increase in uninstalls and ad blocker installations such as AdGuard, AdLock and Ghostery.
This fight against ad blockers is because the main business of Google and its YouTube video platform is advertising. However, the technology company could be violating the privacy of users by using Spy software to detect these types of programs in browsers.