YouTube has been pretty aggressive as of late against users who use ad blockers. Recent reports indicate that users using ad blockers observe a slowdown in video buffering times. YouTube is now denying those accusations of site slowdowns due to ad blocker use.
The company tells Android Central in a statement that the delays users are facing aren’t caused by their ad blocker detection efforts. Instead, YouTube is pointing users who are facing these issues to their help center.
According to the company’s statement, “Recent reports of users experiencing loading delays on YouTube are unrelated to our ad blocker detection efforts. Our help center offers troubleshooting tips for users experiencing issues.”
Initially, people assumed that ad blockers caused the slowdowns on YouTube. Previously, users observed that YouTube’s website took an additional few seconds to load when they used ad blockers. This slowdown disappeared when the users disabled the ad blockers.
Users who are really against viewing ads on YouTube have only one legal recourse, which is to pay for YouTube Premium. At $13.99 a month, YouTube Premium removes ads and offers other benefits like YouTube Music that might be beneficial for some.
You can continue to use ad blockers if you wish, but YouTube’s ever-evolving ad blocker detection means that you could run into these types of issues again in the future.