YouTube is reportedly slowing down videos for Firefox users::Users are reporting that YouTube has begun adding a five second delay when loading a video on non-Chrome browsers like Firefox. Read on!

    • Snot Flickerman
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      5 months ago

      Seriously, someone needs to report this to the FCC since they just re-adopted Net Neutrality.

    • @LeroyJenkins@lemmy.world
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      255 months ago

      not defending the behavior, but is this even an example of net neutrality? it’s not like ISPs are putting a slow lane for specific browsers in this case. it seems more like a shitty dark pattern type thing (which should have consumer protections as well)

      • Snot Flickerman
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        It could still be argued as net neutrality, because the browser with the largest market share is slowing down bits on their way to a different browser when it comes to their video service.

        It also should be viewed negatively through an anti-competitive/monopolization lens.

        If the internet is truly and open platform where no bits are treated differently on the path to the user based on their content, then this is inherently antithetical to that. Slowing down bits because you don’t like whats in them or where they are going is fundamentally breaking Net Neutrality rules. The interruption of bits on their path is what makes it a Net Neutrality issue.

        • @LeroyJenkins@lemmy.world
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          95 months ago

          correct me if I’m wrong but I thought net neutrality by definition was the ISPs doing these shenanigans. at least that’s what I gathered when the whole topic was blowing up with that guy with the face we all up voted on Reddit so he’d show up on Google Images under “punchable faces” or something.

          I agree this is an anti-competitive tactic. that’s what I was referring to as it being a shitty dark pattern thing - to lure people into using their tools.

          • Snot Flickerman
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            85 months ago

            It’s about prioritization of data, which can be through ISPs, but in this case, it’s Google choosing to prioritize or deprioritize data.

            I understand, yes, that’s its generally aimed at ISPs, but this is an example of a non-ISP using data-shaping to impact use of their service.

            • @LeroyJenkins@lemmy.world
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              05 months ago

              it seems quite by definition that ISP are what it’s about though

              the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. -Oxford Dictionary

              Net neutrality is the principle that an ISP has to provide access to all sites, content, and applications at the same speed, under the same conditions, without blocking or giving preference to any content. -Wikipedia

              Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks fairly, without improper discrimination in favor of particular apps, sites or services - EFF

              Net neutrality, principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should not discriminate among providers of content. -Britannica

              • Snot Flickerman
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                15 months ago

                The fact that its an oversight to not apply it to companies like Google if they are also choosing what traffic gets to people is an oversight, to be sure.

                Google acts as an ISP in a different capacity, as well. Alphabet spun off lots of parts of the company, but last I checked, they’re still technically an ISP. So why wouldn’t rules apply to a business that is also literally an ISP with Google Fiber?

                • @LeroyJenkins@lemmy.world
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                  -15 months ago

                  also, it’s not an “oversight”. we’re just literally not talking about net neutrality here and that’s what I’m saying. this isn’t a net neutrality problem lol

        • Cethin
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          75 months ago

          Anti-trust laws should handle it. Google is using their market power to push users from their competition to their product. It’s pretty basic anti-competition behavior that is covered by classic consumer protection laws. I don’t think there’s any reason why net-neutrality would be needed or apply in this case.

          We still need net-neutrality, just not for this reason.

  • @stormesp@lemm.ee
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    635 months ago

    fun fact, i had been noticing this for over a week or two already, today, after the first posts about this were gaining traction it stopped. They are probably trying to erase their tracks and make it seem like something that only happened to a few people for an unrelated reason.

  • @jordanlund@lemmy.world
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    485 months ago

    If YouTube really wanted to piss people off, all they would have to do is play the audio out of sync with the video. ;) I know, I know, “don’t give them ideas!”

    • Jay
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      5 months ago

      Oh I’m sure with the lugnuts running the place they’ve thought of that already and have it on the backburner. They just haven’t figured out a way to pin it on a “glitch” yet.

  • @ShunkW@lemmy.world
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    275 months ago

    This is not Firefox specific. It’s another anti ad blocker technique they’re trying.

    • Jolteon
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      145 months ago

      Wait, so their solution to people using adblock is to add a 5sec delay to everyone’s videos?

      • Cethin
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        95 months ago

        Everyone not on chrome/chromium based browser it seems. Get everyone to switch to chrome then remove chrome’s ability to block ads I assume is the plan, though I doubt anyone using Firefox isn’t aware of chrome and this is likely to push them further away, not towards it.

      • @ShunkW@lemmy.world
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        85 months ago

        To anyone using an ad blocker it would appear. Not saying it’s right, just trying to correct misinformation.

    • @krigo666@lemmy.world
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      5 months ago

      Nah, just be patient and wait the 5s. They are trying to create an artificial problem to try to make users switch to their garbage Chrome browser. When they see that Firefox users are smarter and don’t give a shit about their stupid tactics, or even better, use different apps like FreeTube to see the videos, they will stop. Either that or destroy the platform.

      I wait the 5 secs, don’t bother me at all. It’s not like they are an ad… :D

    • zeroxxx
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      35 months ago

      No, that just sweeps the issue under the rug.

  • syrooks
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    195 months ago

    Friendly reminder you can watch YouTube videos in VLC (I have not tested whether speed is affected this way)

  • @FishFace@lemmy.world
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    65 months ago

    The video in the article does not clear caches before retrying and seeing a faster load. Amateur hour.

      • @elvith@feddit.de
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        45 months ago

        Depends, in the original Reddit thread, someone already pointed out that this 5s delay is to wait for some ad thing and then execute code if it doesn’t work within this timeframe. So… depending on what gets cached, blocked, loaded,… it might behave differently on a reload depending on cached data

      • @FishFace@lemmy.world
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        25 months ago

        They found something which waits for five seconds and then does something. At least part of the thing in question was removing some stuff from the DOM - I couldn’t understand anything else from the minified JS. That is not a smoking gun.

  • @3xa8yte@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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    5 months ago

    They also restrict subscriptions to one account if you buy anything on the playstore. Subscriptions which aren’t restricted by their creators. Google has become a full shitshow. I’ll take care to give them 0$ from now on.

  • @Immersive_Matthew@sh.itjust.works
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    55 months ago

    Petty Alphabet…petty. Do you not have a killer AI coming? What does YouTube even matter in the face of what is coming. Do you really have competitive AI?