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Executive Director of Mozilla accused Google of slowing YouTube in competitors’ browsers

Early last year, YouTube received a design update using its own library, Polymer from Google, which allowed “to accelerate the development of functions” for the platform. Now, the CEO of Mozilla claims that Google made YouTube slower on Edge and Firefox, using this infrastructure.

What is Google accused for?

It’s no secret that the company tries to promote its services everywhere and everywhere, but first of all it will improve them for its browser Google Chrome. Naturally, this approach is not pleasant to competitors.

It looks like an unpleasant scandal will soon be waiting for us. And the thing is that Chris Peterson, the executive director of Mozilla, accused the competitor of the fact that Google intentionally worsens the performance of its services in third-party browsers. The corresponding message appeared on his Twitter page. In particular, Chris Peterson argues that with the help of the Polymer library, introduced at the beginning of last year in YouTube, to simplify and accelerate development, the search giant slowed video hosting in Edge and Firefox. This, in turn, makes the site about five times slower on competing browsers.

In his statement, Chris Peterson clarified that updating the design of YouTube video hosting using Polymer depends largely on the outdated API Shadow DOM v0, but it is only available in Google Chrome. All this just leads to a slowdown of the service.

In particular, Chris Peterson on Twitter wrote: “YouTube relies on Shadow DOM to function in Firefox and Edge, and, unsurprisingly, it runs slower than the built-in implementation in Chrome. On my laptop, loading the homepage takes 5 seconds with this tool and only 1 without it. This also applies to subsequent page navigation. ”

Is it possible to solve this problem?

One of the leaders of Mozilla invited users to take advantage of third-party extensions that do not use when launching the YouTube library Polymer. This will avoid slowing down the service on Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox browsers.

Another interesting aspect is that the latest versions of Polymer support the Shadow DOM v0 and v1 API, but for some reason Google still uses Polymer 1.0 with an outdated API. The company has not yet responded to these claims.

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