YouTube adjusts video quality to help with European internet congestion

Video platform YouTube will change its video quality to standard definition by default for users in the European Union, the company announced Friday.

The move comes after a conversation Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton had with Googles CEO, Sundar Pichai, and YouTubes CEO Susan Wojcicki. Streaming service Netflix made a similar pledge on Thursday.

“While we have seen only a few usage peaks, we have measures in place to automatically adjust our system to use less network capacity,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

“We will continue working with member state governments and network operators to minimize stress on the system, while also delivering a good user experience,” they continued.

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