Google’s video sharing platform, YouTube in the early hours of Wednesday, experienced a major outage across the globe. Users could not access the website since Tuesday evening and the website inaccessibility extended to Wednesday morning.
This happened barely two weeks after Instagram experienced a brief outage. YouTube’s help desk tweeted at 6.41 pm (0141 GMT) “thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues.
“We’re working toward resolving this and will let you know once fixed, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”
About 80 minutes after the first tweet, Team YouTube tweeted: “We’re working toward resolving this and will let you know once fixed, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”
Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2018
While some social media users noted internal server error and invalid response error warning when trying to use YouTube, the platform users were occasionally able to access the homepage but videos would not play.
As at the time of publishing this article, the cause of the outage is not known as YouTube is yet to reveal the cause.
How social media users are reacting to the outage
If Youtube is down then do any of us really exist?
— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) October 17, 2018
YouTube’s down… Can it really be true? Am I finally… free?
— Markiplier (@markiplier) October 17, 2018
I’m not sure y my YouTube isn’t shut down cause I’m watching a video rn, but there is no way I’m refreshing the page pic.twitter.com/gNlDP5FP9f
— Myself1098 (@Myself1098) October 17, 2018
me after youtube shut down and i have nothing else to do but homework pic.twitter.com/J14DRNIEf2
— Amelia S. (@Smokymilly) October 17, 2018
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California.
Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for $1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries.
YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos