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This article was published on July 6, 2014

YouTube is now publicly shaming internet providers that make its videos slow [Updated]

YouTube is now publicly shaming internet providers that make its videos slow [Updated]
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Google began naming and shaming internet service providers when it expanded its ‘Video Quality Report’ beyond Canada in May, and now it is taking things further after links to the report began surfacing alongside videos for some visitors to the site.

Quartz reports that — taking its cue from Netflix — the Google-owned company is dropping links to the report into videos that it believes are suffering at the hands of an ISP’s slow network, as the screenshot below shows.

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The report does not cover a large number of countries at this point, so the joys of shaming aren’t available to all of us worldwide — but with two of the biggest names in online entertainment on the case, it will be interesting to see if others step up to make ISPs more accountable.

Update: A YouTube spokesperson told Recode the blue bar was “about educating people, not shaming ISPs,” although it’s fair to say the effect may well be the same.

YouTube, following Netflix, is now publicly shaming internet providers for slow video

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Thumbnail image via Rego Korosi / Flickr, screenshot via Quartz