Embed Privacy


Content embedded from external sites such as YouTube or Twitter is loaded immediately when visitors access your site. Embed Privacy addresses this issue and prevents loading of these contents until the visitor decides to allow loading of external content.
But Embed Privacy not only protects your visitors privacy, but also makes your site load faster.

All embeds will be replaced by placeholders, ready for you to apply style as you wish. With only a couple of lines of CSS.

By clicking on the placeholder the respective content will be reloaded.



  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/embed-privacy directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress.
  3. Embedded content will automatically be replaced by a placeholder and can be loaded on demand by your visitors. There are no additional settings.


Can Embed Privacy keep external services from tracking me/my visitors?

Yes. As long as you don’t opt-in to load external content, you/your visitors can’t be tracked by these services.

Does Embed Privacy support the Gutenberg editor?

Sure thing! We enjoy playing with the new WordPress editor and developed Embed Privacy with Gutenberg in mind, the plugin will work no matter the editor you use.

Which embeds are currently supported?

We currently support all oEmbed providers known to WordPress core. Want to know about them? Here you go: Animoto, Cloudup, CollegeHumor, DailyMotion, Facebook, Flickr, Funny Or Die, Hulu, Imgur, Instagram, Issuu, Kickstarter, Meetup, Mixcloud, Photobucket, Photobucket, Polldaddy.com, Reddit, ReverbNation, Scribd, Sketchfab, SlideShare, SmugMug, SoundCloud, Speaker Deck, Spotify, TED, Tumblr, Twitter, VideoPres, Vimeo, WordPress.org, WordPress.tv, YouTube.

Who are you folks?

We are Epiphyt, your friendly neighborhood WordPress plugin shop from southern Germany.


July 12, 2019
This plugin effectively blocks third party snoopers in embeds on my site, while still allowing the users the choice to activate the embeds with a click. I hope the developers will keep maintaining this important plugin!
February 18, 2019
Awesome Plugin for EU-Countries. There is nothing comparable. Just three ideas for the future. 1. Definitely needs a user-option to enable the embeds again (mobile users will accidantelly touch the disable while scrolling) 2. Looking for a global user option to enable/disable embeds for each social network used (so people can switch embeds on/off, example in the privacy policy) 3. General detection of embed codes, not only Gutenberg embed-blocks
October 10, 2018
The plugin makes all oEmbeds to "Click this to view" and works out of the box (also with Gutenberg). One or two CSS-tweaks and it fulfills all the privacy dreams of your users. Do recommend!
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Contributors & Developers

“Embed Privacy” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Improve compatiblity with Autoptimize
  • Improve compatiblity with AMP
  • Fix issue with Slideshare causing wrong (generic) placeholders


  • Fix support for PHP 5.6


  • Initial release