As more and more people around the globe go in to self isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak, YouTube and Netflix reduce their streaming quality unprecedented usage. 

With everyone at home all at once, these technical giants fear the internet might break due to overload. 

"Streaming platforms, telecom operators and users... have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation," the EU's markets and services commissioner, Thierry Breton, said.

In a statement, YouTube said it was complying with the commissioner's request for a month: "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default."

"We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members," they added.