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YouTube has been knocked out (update: back up!)

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YouTube has been knocked out (update: back up!)
If you've gone to YouTube on your mobile device in the last 30 minutes or so, you probably got an error message, but if you tried on a desktop, you were faced with the oddest thing you may ever see: a Google service failing so hard that the error page is just a long string of characters. No word on what happened, or when it will be fixed, but we'll keep you updated as it goes on.

Reports started flooding into Twitter about 5:25PM EST, and right now the YouTube site is just showing a 500 Internal Server Error. No doubt that Google is scrambling to fix the problem, but for right now the web is going a bit stir crazy without its cat videos. Google services are known for having phenomenal up-time, so when one goes down, especially one as big as YouTube, it is something to watch. 

Update #1: At about 6PM EST, some are saying that YouTube has come back online, but others are still having problems and running into the same error. Still no word on what caused the outage. 

source: YouTube via Twitter

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:49 2

1. Tsoliades (Posts: 204; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


woah wtf

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:54 1

2. AlanB412 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


It's working perfectly fine for me. I'm in New York City if that makes any difference at all.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:55

3. djkhalid (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


my youtube works perfectly normal, idk what u r talking bout get ur facts straight phonearena

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:31 13

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10059; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Google also confirmed it, get your facts right. Why the heck would PA post this for nothing? Grow up

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:43 2

9. bizwhizzy (Posts: 36; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


nice to know that you alone can speak for the millions and millions of people trying to access youtube. such an ass.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:59 1

14. androiphone20 (Posts: 1391; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"speak for the millions" what is this 3rd grade?

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 00:21 1

18. imMature (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


You're on the internet, not everyone use english as their native language.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:55

4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1098; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


It's working for me (.com site).

From the UK.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:10

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2031; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Working here, Kit Kat in Alberta.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:27

6. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Loading...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:40 1

8. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


not working here in Lowell Massachusetts

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:47

10. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


If i type in the URL on my computer I get the error message, but if I search a youtube video on google then it works perfectly fine and i can access other videos from it

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:03

11. ThePython (Posts: 205; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Fine here. Win8.1 Desktop.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:16 1

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


bet its to do with some of the recent changes that took effect today on the 18th. Bet someone wasn't happy about it. Changes were about content id/copyright and some other stuff, primarily affected partners or others trying to monetize.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:53 1

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 884; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


why what the fa/% happen?its the cats videos..

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 21:01

15. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Agreed. It has to be all the cat videos. Poor Colonel Meow. He's sick.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 21:01

16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1391; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


The *ahem* are retaliating, we can all thank the NSA

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:42

17. Jobayer (Posts: 85; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Working fine in Bangladesh :3

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 05:04

19. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Damn you Bob.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 06:50

20. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 879; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


working here aus

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