"We are committed to working with our partners to manage any bandwidth constraints during this period of heavy demand, while also ensuring people are able to remain connected using Facebook apps and services during the COVID-19 pandemic".
YouTube has set the default definition of all videos to standard quality for the coming 30 days in Europe and the UK.
Facebook will limit the quality of video streamed on the social network, but also on Instagram, which should result in much more bandwidth being made available for users across Europe. While YouTube viewing has historically spiked in the evening when people are off work, consumption is now more steady across the day, the company said.
"Given the crisis, we've developed a way to reduce Netflix's traffic on telecommunications networks by 25 percent while also maintaining the quality of our service".
Today, YouTube announced it would be expanding this policy globally and limiting YouTube videos to SD by default. At the time, Netflix accounted for a much larger slice of that pie than YouTube in the Americas-12.9 percent, compared to 6.3 percent-but a more recent report says the coronavirus outbreak has pushed YouTube past Netflix, sometimes by almost double the volume.
Netflix's rival Amazon Prime Video on Monday had said it has begun efforts to reduce streaming bit rates in India.
It is known that during this time when everyone is that their homes as everyone else is closed and most of the countries are entirely on lockdown, it is normal that the internet companies and the popular platforms will have a lot of surge in traffic.
"In the coming days, we will be monitoring Internet congestion and working closely with Internet service providers to further reduce bitrates as necessary to ensure they are not overwhelmed by consumer demand".
Bitrate is the amount of data streamed per second when watching a video online. In total, Netflix is aiming to reduce bandwidth consumption by 25 percent, but this won't be achieved by blocking off resolution options like Ultra-HD or HD.
Reducing streaming quality will free up broadband for remote learning and work, the ministry said.