YouTube provides an explanation for why users’ recent video experiences on the platform have been disrupted, particularly for those who use ad blockers.

The problem of YouTube performing strangely lately, particularly when the video is reloading or you continue to click on the video’s beginning. People used Reddit to discuss their experiences with the disruptions they were having on the video platform. People who used ad blockers found that the problem vanished when they removed them, which strengthened their belief that Google had done this deliberately to discourage people from using blockers to avoid advertisements.

The reason for skepticism about this matter stems from YouTube enforcing stricter policies to deter users from utilizing third-party ad blockers and informing devoted users that their usage of these blockers violates its terms of service. For the past few months, the organization has been highly active in this area. People with Adblock or Adblock Plus installed complained about poor performance in January, which was a similar problem. It was then revealed that a hacked update on the extension was the root of the issue.

According to a recent update, Google posted YouTube’s response to the current problem. According to YouTube, the problem is not related to its previous anti-adblocker campaign but rather results from continuous efforts to deliver a better, more seamless YouTube experience. It reaffirmed that ad blockers are still discouraged by the company and that they violate the rules of service. On its support page, the business offered suggestions for how to allow adverts in addition to ad blockers running concurrently.

All of the claims were refuted and the rationale for the disruptions was provided in the streaming platform’s reply. YouTube clarified:

“Ad blockers violate YouTube’s Terms of Service, and we’ve been urging users for some time to support their favorite creators and allow ads on YouTube or try YouTube Premium for an ad-free experience. An unrelated push to improve YouTube’s performance and reliability may be resulting in suboptimal viewing experiences for ad blocker users”

Given the current performance adjustments, it’s possible that the ad blockers are being interfered with by continuous improvements. Since one user went so far as to say that interruptions continued even in the absence of advertising blockers, we cannot be positive that this problem is exclusive to those who use blockers. As a streaming service, YouTube needs to guarantee a flawless user experience and address any problems that result in a bad user experience right once. When making decisions that could have a significant influence on users, transparency should also be present.

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