YouTube recently reduced its streaming quality in Europe in order to reduce the burden on the internet, which is caused by increased use from people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform released a statement about the decision to move to standard definition content, "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default."
YouTube's efforts in this area will help to reduce the bandwidth used by the platform as a whole, which can help to keep the internet performing at a relatively normal level, even as far more people are relying on it.
Previously Netflix took similar actions to also reduce the burden on bandwidth.
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