YouTube Working Once more After Web site Outage

Updated November 12, 2020 at 12:15 AM EST

Top line

YouTube is active again after a problem with the entire website prevented videos from loading, the company confirmed on Wednesday, but did not reveal details of what caused the problem.

General views of Google’s YouTube Space on October 15, 2020 in Playa Vista, California.

Photo by AaronP / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images

Key factors

The outage lasted more than two hours after users reported problems just before 7 p.m. EST, according to DownDetector.

While the YouTube website was working, videos were stuck on a black screen with a white loading circle.

Users flocked to Twitter Wednesday night to express their frustrations about the outage, which resulted in the trending hashtag #YouTubeDOWN and lots of jokes about the situation.

In a tweet, YouTube said: … And we’re back – we’re so sorry for the interruption. This is fixed on all devices and YouTube services, thank you for being patient with us. “

The company did not provide any information on the causes of the failure.

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I’m a San Francisco-based reporter covering breaking news on Forbes. I’ve previously reported for USA Today, Business Insider, the San Francisco Business Times, and San Jose Inside. I studied journalism at Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School of Public Communications and was an editor at The Daily Orange, the university’s independent student newspaper. Follow me on Twitter @rachsandl or email me at [email protected]

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