• YouTube confirms that it has issued an update that breaks several ad blocking tools.
  • It’s also testing limited logged out access to the site, prompting some users to sign in to watch videos.
  • However, some tools have already circumvented the latter restriction.

Update, June 14, 2024 (02:30 AM ET): Google has issued a statement confirming that it has issued an update that may affect ad blocking tools. It suggests users should “allow ads on YouTube or try YouTube Premium” to support the site’s creators. Read the statement in full below:

YouTube is improving its performance and reliability in serving both organic and ad video content. This update may result in suboptimal viewing experiences for viewers with ad blockers installed. Ad blockers violate YouTube’s Terms of Service, and we’ve been urging viewers for some time to support their favorite creators and allow ads on YouTube or try YouTube Premium for an ad-free experience.