YouTube has appeared to crash, as of Wednesday evening. Early in the evening, eastern time, the site began having issues with video loading, causing thousands of people to flood to Twitter to see what the problem was.
According to Down Detector, users began reporting issues at 7:13 p.m., eastern time. Users are still reporting issues with the web and mobile versions of YouTube.com, specifically with loading videos. Ads also don’t appear to be loading. Instead, many users are faced with the swirling indication that the video is loading or buffering, for minutes on end.
Here’s what you need to know:
Users Report Issues Loading & Watching Videos on YouTube
Me running to Twitter to see if anyone else’s YouTube is down: pic.twitter.com/AaNz7ysIna
— Nevaeh Franzen (@nevaehfranzen) November 12, 2020
It’s become something of a ritual for users of any social media network or web platform to turn to Twitter, if the platform in question isn’t working. Such was the case on Wednesday evening, as tens of thousands of people took to Twitter to see if others were having the same issues they were experiencing on YouTube.
“It’s fascinating how this is happening worldwide…” one person tweeted.
“So 2020 killed YouTube now,” another person wrote.
Me waiting for YouTube to fix itself pic.twitter.com/skXLm2Ym2a
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) November 12, 2020
Others chimed into the conversation to say their access to YouTube hadn’t been interrupted. One person tweeted, “Hmmm YouTube seems fine for me? #YouTubeDOWN”
The chief issue reported by users was a failure for videos to load. For some, those videos did finally start playing after taking an abnormally long time to load.
is youtube not working for anyone else either
— Mateo (@MATOOOOOE) November 12, 2020
One person wrote, “youtube went down for like 15 mimutes so i left my comp loading so i can lay resting while i wait and i nearly sh*t myself when sh*t finally loadef bc it startled me”
Outages Have Been Reported on Both Coasts of the United States, as Well as in Europe & South America
“15 minutes of cursing at/rebooting/resetting my firetv no longer loading Youtube videos just to realize Youtube is down for everyone,” one person lamented on Twitter.
Another person asked, “How does YouTube even go down? Google has all these back up servers and sh*t to ensure that shouldn’t really be possible lol”
This is a developing post and will be updated.