YouTube’s outright outage leaves the world wondering
UPDATED: YouTube viewers globally were left without the ability to watch videos today, victims of what the platform’s calling “access issues.”
“We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed,” says a Team YouTube tweet.
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
The website appeared to be working, but once users clicked on a video, they were delivered an error message.
The blackout lasted a little more than 90 minutes.
Serious downtime for the platform is – like on other Google-owned platforms – pretty rare, The Verge’s Sam Byford points out.
During the World Cup, YouTube TV did experience some difficulties, Channel pages went down for a while in April, and a decade ago the platform did crash for hours after a Pakistan ISP that was ordered to censor YouTube accidentally managed to take down the entire site.