Google says YouTube’s latest slowdown isn’t linked to ad blockers –

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TL;DR

  • Google has confirmed that the latest YouTube slowdown has nothing to do with ad blockers.
  • The problem seems to stem from the latest AdBlock and AdBlock Plus updates.

Google has confirmed that the latest slowdowns people are experiencing on YouTube aren’t linked to its war against ad blockers.

A fresh wave of slowdowns hit users this past week, with many taking to Reddit to complain about the problem. YouTube users reported that they are experiencing major lags on the platform with ad blockers enabled. Some with a YouTube Premium subscription are also experiencing slowdowns because they use ad blockers for other purposes. Strangely, Google has confirmed that ad blockers have nothing to do with the ongoing issue.

Recent reports of users experiencing loading delays on YouTube are unrelated to our ad blocker detection efforts,” the company said in a statement to Android Central. “Our help center offers troubleshooting tips for users experiencing issues,” the company added.

It’s definitely worth following the troubleshooting steps suggested by Google, but it’s also important to note that YouTube performance will undoubtedly be affected if you use ad blockers. It seems the issues are also related to the use of the latest versions of AdBlock and AdBlock Plus.

As per uBlock Origin developer Raymond Hill, the regression hits harder for those who had the idea of using both AdBlock and AdBlock Plus simultaneously. He explains that the problem lies with the ad blockers rather than Google pushing fresh code to slow down YouTube.

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YouTube’s new ‘posts-only’ feature focuses on community engagement

Summary

  • YouTube is introducing a “posts-only” option on the Home tab for mobile users, providing more ways for users to access community posts from their favorite creators.
  • The new feature allows users to see a variety of posts from channels they have engaged with previously or that YouTube thinks would interest them.
  • This update is currently being tested on selected Android and iOS smartphones, reflecting YouTube’s ongoing commitment to experimenting and improving user engagement.


With all the best entertainment apps out there, user engagement continues to drive progress. Sites are always refining, trialing, and unveiling fresh features to improve how users interact. Central to this is the ongoing transformation of YouTube, a leading giant in the realm of video sharing. It’s always ready to try something new. The most recent update from YouTube? A “posts-only” option on the Home tab for those on mobile devices.

As reported on the YouTube Support blog, the motivation behind this feature comes from the desire to offer users more ways to access Community posts from their favorite creators. Those who are part of this experimental phase may notice a “View all” button on individual Community posts while on the Home tab. Tapping this button unveils a plethora of posts from channels users have previously engaged with or ones YouTube believes might resonate with them. For individuals exploring this “posts-only” section, just a quick press on the back arrow in the upper left will take them back to the main Home tab. Right now, this update is under review with a chosen few on both Android and iOS smartphones.

YouTube’s history of experimentation isn’t limited to this recent feature. As we’ve covered before, YouTube is making a foray into gaming post-Stadia shutdown with the introduction of Playables for YouTube Premium users. In another ambitious move,

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