Is YouTube Down? Users Take to Twitter to Report Outage

YouTube users took to Twitter to complain the site was not working on Monday morning, using the hashtag #YouTubeDown.

The website's Team YouTube Twitter account, which provides updates on its services, tweeted at 8:35 a.m. ET that it had received multiple reports of its homepage not working for around 10 minutes.

It said: "We can confirm that this is now fixed and you should be able to access the homepage without any issues." The team did not say what had caused the problem.

We've received multiple reports of the YouTube homepage not working for ~10 minutes. We can confirm that this is now fixed and you should be able to access the homepage without any issues.

— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) April 26, 2021

A handful of Twitter users replied to Team YouTube's post to thank the team for the update. Some said the service was working normally, while others said they were having problems.

According to the website Downdetector, where people can report issues with websites, there were over 13,500 reports of problems related to YouTube at 7:38 a.m. ET. Some 48 percent of reports were related to watching videos, 45 percent to the website, and 5 percent to login in.

A YouTube spokesperson told Newsweek: "Some people briefly encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today. We worked quickly to address the issue. We're sorry for any inconvenience this caused."

Newsweek was able to access the website and watch a video as of 8:26 a.m. ET from a computer in the U.K.

People hoping to use the website took to Twitter to check whether others were having similar problems and to complain.

"People running to Twitter to confirm if #YouTubeDOWN" wrote one user.

People running to Twitter to confirm if #YouTubeDOWN 😄😄 pic.twitter.com/Gas4lxjGXf

— Vineeth Kotturi🇮🇳 (@kotturi_vineeth) April 26, 2021

"#YouTubeDOWN Is it with me only ?" wrote another.

#YouTubeDOWN
Is it with me only ? pic.twitter.com/QieBuqlbdN

— XD (@dixit_xD) April 26, 2021

Some said they were seeing an error message related to a server called 429. This was reflected in Google searches for YouTube, which saw a spike in related queries including the terms "server down," "YouTube 429," and "429 error," according to the Google Trends analytics tool.

Others asked "Is YouTube server down," and "is YouTube down today," as they struggled to access the website.

The blip comes after a number of Google services had a major outage in December 2020, that affected platforms such as Gmail, YouTube, Drive, Cloud, and Hangouts. Such services are used by over a billion people around the world.

At the time, one person joked in a tweet: "The day came. When you can't even google what happened with google." The post was liked over 1,500 times.

Google Cloud tweeted at the time that Google experienced an outage with its authentication system for around 45 minutes due to a problem with its internal storage quota.

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The YouTube logo is pictured on iPhone on December 14, 2020 in Paris, France. YouTube users reported outages on Monday morning ET. Chesnot/Getty Images