YouTube hampers streaming for adblock users

YouTube users who use third-party apps to turn off ads may face some streaming issues, the platform says.

YouTube’s recent policy update informs users that it’s “strengthening [...] enforcement on third-party apps that violate YouTube’s Terms of Service, specifically adblocking apps.”

YouTube’s new policy means that members using adblockers might go through issues such as buffering or receive an error message saying, “The following content is not available on this app.”

The battle between YouTube and adblockers has been going on since last year.

The app has been encouraging users to either watch videos with ads or upgrade to YouTube Premium, the platform’s paid version, to enjoy the “ad-free experience.”

YouTube explained that it doesn’t allow third-party apps to turn off the ads as advertisement revenue helps the platform to support itself and its creators.

The platform confirmed that it will take certain measures against third-party apps that don’t comply with YouTube API Services Terms of Service.

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