Adblock: Google did not slow down and lag YouTube performance with ad blocker on - Neowin

Adblock: Google did not slow down and lag YouTube performance with ad blocker on - Neowin::According to several user reports online, Google was apparently slowing YouTube down if it detected adblockers. However, Adblock has now confirmed that such is not the case at all.

turkalino , avatar

Everyone keeps pointing the fingers at ad blockers, but it's general enshitification. A website which does nothing more than display some thumbnails, some text comments, and a video should not work as poorly as YouTube does. And yet, they are so many layers of recommendation engines deep that blackbox AIs have more control over the website than actual humans, and more CPU cycles are spent guessing what I want to watch than loading what I am currently watching. I have the most expensive consumer GPU that AMD makes and I still regularly see graphical glitches on YouTube

takeda ,

Google slows down Firefox. After I installed UA switcher and changed UA for YouTube it became very snappy.

melroy Admin ,
melroy avatar

F*K Google.

captainlezbian ,

Yeah that should be blatantly illegal

Jimmycrackcrack ,

I had forgotten about this so evidently it has stopped, that said I have only ever used ublock origin and it was happening to me, with that on Firefox so I don't know about this theory that it's just that one particular adblocker.

I find it hard to let go of the idea that Google was doing this, but then again I suppose the fact that it isn't now would suggest they weren't behind it in the first place since the supposed motive for it was to push people to Chrome and if you just stopped doing this after like a month tops then it wouldn't be a particularly effective strategy.

thejml ,

Everyone I knew running into this solely use Firefox and thus assumed it was just YouTube or their ISP. None even thought about the browser aspect. I can’t see how it’s a very effective strategy unless they pop up with “try chrome, it’s faster”.

takeda ,

It is for Firefox, and it is a visible difference if you install a UA switcher and change UA on YouTube.

DeadNinja , avatar

ABP has that stinky practice of marking ads as "acceptable" (basically those companies pay ABP to be on their "allowlist").

As has already been mentioned - stop using ABP, and use uBO instead. It's a lifesaver.

Uglyhead , avatar

How do they explain the lag other places outside their Official App on mobile?

Dasnap , avatar

TL;DR Get off Adblock Plus and onto uBlock Origin.

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