Is YouTube Down? Thousands Report Server Crash on Wednesday

Getty Many are reporting issues with YouTube.

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, 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.

The official Team YouTube Twitter account provided the following update at 7:23 p.m.: “If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone – our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates.”
Forty-plus minutes later, the issue still has not been resolved.
Many users did take the opportunity to make some requests of YouTube, though, including one bold user who replied to the Team YouTube tweet, “premium subscribers definitely deserve a free month for this, just saying”

Here’s what you need to know:

Users Report Issues Loading & Watching Videos on YouTube

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.

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.

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

Down Detector

Down Detector

Down Detector’s live outage map shows where the majority of the issues were reported. Down Detector also reported that approximately 95% of the issues reported have to do with videos not loading. Ads also aren’t loading properly.

“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.

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