Update (November 20, 8:48 pm ET): Google has issued a press release about YouTube movies loading slower on non-Chrome browsers.

What you must know

  • A number of Reddit posts have highlighted a five-second delay when loading YouTube movies on Firefox, which disappeared when the person agent was switched to Chrome, revealing a possible browser-specific concern.
  • Investigation by customers means that the delay is not a Firefox bug however an intentional addition within the JavaScript code of YouTube’s desktop consumer.
  • Discussions speculate that the added delay is perhaps linked to advert show, probably as a workaround for customers using advert blockers.

YouTube’s desktop website is reportedly slowing down for some individuals on Mozilla Firefox, inflicting confusion amongst customers.