YouTube experienced a major outage hours ago. Users across the world started to notice that the video service’s sites and mobile apps were down around 9:20PM ET, and everything remained inaccessible more than an hour later. YouTube TV and YouTube Music were also affected by the service disruption.
YouTube acknowledged the outage in a tweet. “We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed,” the Team YouTube account says. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.” As of 10.35PM ET, the account was still replying to reports of the outage saying that the team was working on the problem.
As with all Google-operated services, serious downtime for YouTube is pretty rare. YouTube TV did suffer service interruption at an inopportune time, and channel pages went down for a while in April. Perhaps most infamously, Pakistan’s government accidentally caused an hour-long global YouTube blackout a decade ago by attempting to censor a trailer for an anti-Islamic film.
YouTube has restored service, which brought an end to the saga.
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