Youtube users on Wednesday faced difficulty watching videos as the site was down for several hours around the globe. Reports noted that an unknown error caused issues in the video playback, first lowering the quality and then crashing entirely for some users. Down Detector reported that 90 per cent of the users had issues watching videos,6 per cent had trouble with the website, and 2 per cent with the login. YouTube TV and YouTube Music were also said to be affected.
The trend on Down Detector shows many users in India faced issues with YouTube after 8 AM on Wednesday with a peak around 8:38 AM with over ten thousand complaints. Many Youtube users also took to Twitter to post about their woes, with many thinking that there was an issue with their WiFi or internet connection and not YouTube.
9to5 Google reported that closing out of YouTube entirely and then going back to the same video through search seemed to fix the problem. Youtube in a tweet has now updated the status about the outage noting that the issue is fixed. However, if users are still facing issues, and if their video is processing, they may need to reupload.
"We're seeing reports around difficulties accessing YouTube services within the last hour. We can confirm that this is now fixed and you should be able to access our service without any issues," YouTube noted in a tweet. "If you were having issues uploading or watching videos on YouTube (including live streams) in the last ~45 mins this issue has been fixed," it noted in another tweet.
This is not the first time YouTube has faced an outage. In December last year, Google services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and others stopped working for users across the globe in a massive outage. The company had then explained that Google's automated storage quota management system was the major cause behind the global outage.
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