YouTube experienced a two-hour-long outage yesterday in what is a relatively rare occurrence for the video-streaming platform.
Users in many parts of the world were greeted with an error message when trying to play videos and, in some cases, even the YouTube homepage itself wouldn’t load. Variety reports that the outage included YouTube’s paid services as well. The website DownDetector reports that 95% of the problems experienced by users had to do with video playback.
Starting around 7:30 PM (EST) on Wednesday, the outage was pretty much resolved about two hours later going by the Twitter messages posted by YouTube’s support.
The first tweet, posted at 7:23 PM (EST), reads, “If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone – our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates.”
And then at 9:13 PM (EST), “…And we’re back – we’re so sorry for the interruption. This is fixed across all devices & YouTube services, thanks for being patient with us.”
Variety points out that the last time YouTube experienced such an outage was back in 2018 when the service was down for about 90 minutes. There’s also no word as to why YouTube was down yesterday. It could be just a simple technical issue or something much more.
It’s a good thing that YouTube is so reliable, too, as many of us rely upon it for professional reasons including but not limited to using it as a platform to show off our work or even for continuing education.
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