Covid-19: YouTube quality reduced in Europe to avert internet chaos

Covid-19: YouTube quality reduced in Europe to avert internet chaos

- YouTube will soon reduce the quality of videos streamed in Europe due to the spread of Covid-19

- This is because thousands of Europeans have resorted to working from home, which has caused a strain on the internet

- YouTube explained that all videos streamed in the region would be switched to standard definition

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Plans are in place to reduce the quality of videos streamed on YouTube in Europe following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The spread of the virus has compelled several thousands of Europeans to work from home.

Alphabet-owned YouTube explained that the move is an attempt to prevent gridlocking on the internet.

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As per a report by Reuters, the decision comes after movie streaming service, Netflix, toed a similar path after a top European Union (EU) official, Thierry Breton, called for a cut in the quality of videos.

His decision was fuelled by a desire to prevent internet overload as videos form a substantial part of internet traffic.

YouTube responded by saying that it has so far observed a few usage peaks but decided to respond to the plea in order to minimise stress on the system.

It added that it has made a commitment to switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default. Such videos are not as detailed or as sharp as high definition videos.

YouTube further indicated that the latest decision includes Britain, which recently left the EU, and would last for 30 days.

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In other news, four of the biggest technology companies in the world have lost a total of $1.3 trillion since February 2020.

Referred to as MAGA by United States president, Donald Trump, the companies are Microsoft, Apple, Google’s Alphabet and Amazon.

The companies lost their stocks as the markets continue to be upset by the coronavirus.

Each of the companies has boasted of a market value of more than $1 trillion at one point in time. At present, only Microsoft and Apple can boast of a market value of $1 trillion or more.

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