YouTube Goes Down

We don’t know why yet, but YouTube has gone down — the home page showing only an error page saying that “a team of highly trained monkeys” is looking at the situation.

Here’s what’s being shown:


YouTube went down around 5:30pm Eastern time. The services has been under fire recently for YouTube’s shift to using Google+ to power comments. A petition against this has recently topped 100,000 signatures.

Could this be some type of hacking attempt related to a protest? If so, there’s no particular message being left behind about that. So for now, it seems likely there’s some internal error — and the funny error page is one generated by Google itself.

We’re checking with Google and will post more, when we know.

Postscript: And it’s back at 5:45pm ET for some, so down for about 15 minutes.

Postscript 2: Google sent this statement at 6:11pm ET:

Some people encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today. We worked quickly to address the issue and fixed the problem. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

Related Topics: Channel: Video | Google: YouTube | Video


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  • ReferralCandy

    “Breaking News: YouTube Saved by Team of Highly Trained Monkeys!”

  • I_warned_ya

    Nothing is going to save YouTube now except Google reversing course, and I don’t expect that. I’d love for someone to hack YouTube and burn it down to bedrock. It’s dead to me now.

  • Grand Admiral Gainz

    Agreed. The whole forced Google+ integration was a huge mistake, at least the way it was implemented.

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