Youtube went down for hours before restoration

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YouTube the American video sharing site headquartered in San Bruno, California and a Google’s services subsidiary is reported to have shutdown early this morning but later restored to normal.

According to The Verge, YouTube is experiencing a major outage. Users across the world started to notice that the video service’s sites and mobile apps were down around 9:20PM ET (4:20AM East Africa), and everything remains inaccessible more than an hour later. YouTube TV and YouTube Music are also affected by the service disruption.

No, it’s not just you. As of Tuesday evening Pacific Time, YouTube was down for many users. The outage appears to have begun some time around 6:15 p.m., making this a pretty long outage for such a major site. Trusted sources reported.

YouTube has 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 (5:35AM East Africa), the account is still replying to reports of the outage saying that the team is working on the problem. Reported The Verge.

As with all Google-operated services, serious downtime for YouTube is pretty rare. YouTube TV did suffer service interruption at an inopportune time during this summer’s World Cup, however, and channel pages went down for a while in April. Perhaps most infamously, Pakistan’s government accidentally caused an hours-long global YouTube blackout a decade ago by attempting to censor a trailer for an anti-Islamic film.

Update, 10:40PM ET (5:40AM East Africa): Multiple Verge staffers are reporting that service has been restored, though YouTube itself is yet to confirm a fix.

Update, 11:01PM ET (6:01AM East Africa): YouTube says it has restored service, bringing the saga to an end.

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