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Youtube slow on purpose
razing32 commented on 25 July 2018 at 8:09 pm UTC

Came across this story.
Apparently there is an API in Chrome , and Chrome ONLY , that makes youtube faster.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/google-said-to-deliberately-make-youtube-slower-on-microsoft-edge-firefox-522098.shtml

Can anyone with more experience in browsers/coding chime in ?
Not sure if this is real or not.
Apparently the responsible API is Shadow DOM v0

(PS Not sure if this is the best topic category)

tuubi commented on 25 July 2018 at 9:45 pm UTC

Youtube uses a deprecated API that only Chrome implements, and serves a slow polyfill to other browsers. I don't see how they'd gain more than they lose by slowing their service down for a large part of their user base, so maybe this is just incompetence/idiocy. It sure won't make me consider switching to Chrome. (I use hooktube.com anyway. )

GustyGhost commented on 26 July 2018 at 12:58 am UTC

Hooktube no longer mitigates tracking. The interface is still a magnitude faster but if you were in for privacy it's time to consider alternatives invidio.us

tuubi commented on 26 July 2018 at 9:27 am UTC

It would be nice if people used alternative services indeed. I don't intend to produce any content myself, and can't really make that choice for others.

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