Express.co.uk: YOUTUBE appears to have suffered a major blackout as users across the world report videos being unable to load.
Users began reporting issues less than an hour ago, according to Down Detector, which monitors whether a site is working or not. According to its live map, the issue has been reported all around the world, across Europe and the US but also in South America, Australia and South East Asia.
YouTube said: “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.”
The video-sharing platform did not elaborate on what may have caused the service outage.
The website itself appears to load successfully, with the search bar and video thumbnails all operating as normal.
However, when a video is clicked, the buffer wheel appears to turn indefinitely with the video refusing to load.
Others have reported the video does eventually load, though it takes an unusually long time to do so.
Users have flocked to social media to discuss the site crash. One said: “So 2020 killed YouTube now.”
Another says: “YouTube went down again. I spent a solid 10 minutes confused on why videos weren’t loading.”
Many say they have attempted to switch between their mobile phone network to a WiFi connection in order to fix the issue, without success.
Others have resorted to turning their phones off and on, while some have even uninstalled their YouTube application and reinstalled it.
Many appear to have taken the incident in good humour, with memes already circulating gathering thousands of likes in the space of minutes.