Google blocks some Windows 11 users from viewing YouTube videos.

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Microsoft Edge offers three levels of tracking protection

Google some time ago began blocking the viewing of videos on the YouTube platform for users who use ad blockers. The fight against ad blockers has led to unexpected consequences. More and more users of the Microsoft Edge browser have begun to complain about warnings and pop-up messages blocking YouTube playback.

Windows 11
Windows 11

The problem was brought to the attention of the WindowsLatest thematic resource. As the study showed, the problem was one of the tracking protection modes implemented in Microsoft Edge. The browser has three levels of tracking protection: Basic, Balanced (default), and Strict. In “strict” mode, Microsoft Edge applies additional protections to all sites the user visits. This includes limiting tracking capabilities for companies like Google, which could impact content and advertising.

Google blocks some Windows 11 users from viewing YouTube videos.

Windows 11
Windows 11

Google treats Microsoft Edge’s “strict” mode as an ad blocker, WindowsLatest discovered. As a result, users who installed this level of protection were faced with all measures to combat ad blockers, including blocking video viewing on YouTube.

Unfortunately, for now, the only way to deal with this problem is to disable strict mode. After switching to “balanced” mode, YouTube allows you to resume playing the video. Of course, we are only talking about users with free access to YouTube. Users of the paid YouTube Premium subscription do not encounter such problems.

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