YouTube may now have annoying delays if you use an ad-blocker – here’s why

People all over the internet are experiencing a strange five-second loading delay when they open a YouTube video.

This phenomenon appears to have been discovered by a user on the YouTube subreddit, but the original clip has since been removed by the moderators. Copies of it fortunately exist elsewhere shows the delay that occurs in Firefox. From here, people started finding the same problem in other non-Chrome browsers like Microsoft Edge, Brave, and Safari. There are claims online stating this also happens on Google Chrome although it is much less common. Internet sleuths have pointed out one specific line of code in a YouTube Javascript source file as the main culprit of the five-second gap.