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Why was YouTube down?

There was a mass panic yesterday as it appeared to be that the most popular and used video social media YouTube was down. A lot of YouTubers took to Twitter to pour out their frustration with the situation.

What would have been the fate of those who have built their world around the use of YouTube had it not come back online and active this morning? People would have lots so much money and left frustrated.

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overcast

I think that happens on regular basis that their servers go through a lot. And often due to the streaming services. You can see that there are some of the streaming videos and the game streaming which slows them down too. So I think such type of stuff could be the issue that leads to youtube being down. I know last year when the gmail was down for 1 day like this. And then it came back just fine.



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jeffreyjose48

I think that there are hackers again. Facebook has been hacked. There might be bad motives behind this hacking.



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Youngshark

oooh, that could be dangerous. You know the funny thing is that some people who are less YouTubers out here like me only noticed that youtube was down after seeing the trending hashtag on Twitter.



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Steve5

I didn't even know about it until just now. I guess it's mostly for people who are active on social media. I was too busy reading a book that day. Anyway, no need for us to panic.

Like Google, the Youtube site is too significant for it to ever disappear. The worst has already happened. It only shuts down for a few days or so.



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mark8625

That was really not good if that is true. Anyway good for us because it was fixed like an hour or two. If youtube was hacked I think its up to the google company to fire their IT personnel.



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overcast

What youtube has to hack? I mean the monetization is connected with adsense. So there is no money to hack. I don't think there is any point in hacking youtube. You can at the most take down some content. That's the best you can do with hacking. But honestly I feel those gaming streams are cause behind this.



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procoder

Really? Youtube is owned by Google. So it's same as saying what has google to hack. There are at least 1.8 billion active users every month on youtube, so data of 1.8 (count your account + mine) billion users it's enough to be the target. However, that wasn't a hack, it was just a glitch.



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overcast

So let's assume you are hacker. What are you going to steal from youtube? cat videos. comedy videos. because payment information is adsense linked. you cant change that and even if you change that it can be reverted as well. so what exactly you are hacking on youtube?account password? that's funny.



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overcast

What hackers are going to steal? I mean videos are already ready to download. Adsense does not give check to wrong person. So what hackersa re going to steal there? Facebook atleast has hackworthy content. What youtube has to hack? Nothing.



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jeffreyjose48

Its good that YouTube is back again. I watched my favorite YouTube videos. I hope that their problem will not happen anymore.



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Corzhens

On the contrary, the downtime for big sites like Youtube is not a regular occurrence because that is unthinkable for a giant to have no servers of its own and probably their servers are the top of the line hardware. And the downtime was not about the access or streaming of users. There was a technical problem with Youtube’s gateway that caused the downtime. That’s the explanation of the tech in our office.



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overcast

I think it's reasonable to think that they can go down. Because they have to maintain the new servers on everyday basis. So it can be troublesome to think that youtube can't go down. But in reality the failure of data center and the servers around can cause that. I have seen this happening many times.



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amelia88

I didn’t even notice it being down, but YouTube isn’t something I visit everyday. I think most sites have this happen to them occasionally - I know recently Instagram was down for a few hours too and it caused a bit of a panic!



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mark8625

It was down for about an hour or two. The local news already reported it as well as the online news. The google already twitted in that some things were not working and they were figure out what was the caused of the system down. Good thing it was resume its service same day.



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amelia88

@mark8625 it always makes me laugh a little that outages for sites like Facebook, Instagram or YouTube end up making the news on TV and online. It's such a sign of the times that things like that end up being reported so prominently - I guess it says a lot about the way we all lead our lives these days and the importance of social media!



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jaybee19

Same. I didn't notice it was down even if I use it almost every hour. And yes, this happens to every website and we shouldn't be surprised about it because there's just too much activities going on in YouTube and it might cause the site to be down, but they will eventually go back after a short period of time unless there's a very serious problem which needs a lot of time to be solved.



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Kakashi2020

I was on YouTube yesterday and it was working okay. It might be a regional thing and some countries might have been affected while others where not.



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mark8625

Yeah I think for some countrie youtube is working well yesterday but in the Philippines, Youtube is really not working for about an hours.



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OnPageShot

It was down for hours. Some might have encountered this error: “Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.” Youtube admitted that it was for system breakdown.



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Judas2018

Yeah I got that message also. YouTube rarely if ever goes down so I assumed it was probably a glitch or something. It was fixed relatively quickly though.



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anwebservices

oh, i didn't even noticed or heard that is was offline. Pitty. I bet there was some serious problem if they were off-line for such long time because YouTube is powered with very good servers and the latest technology. Also, i guess that some of active YouTubers experienced a huge loss of income on that day because many depend on it as the main source of income. Hope that this won't happen much in the future



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NerdIndeed

I was on YouTube all day yesterday, and I never experienced any interruption nor delay. Maybe it was only on a particular demographic, a minor server update or maintenance may have occurred.



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Judas2018

Interesting. It seemed to be down for most people because it quickly started trending on twitter when it happened.



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NerdIndeed

I see. I guess I am lucky then as I haven't experienced the downtime. My life will be so dull and boring if ever access to YouTube will be restricted on my end. I practically use it for everything - from music to entertainment to tutorials. It's my 2nd go-to search engine next to Google.



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mark8625

This was happened yesterday. I thought it was my wifi but when I checked in the online news everyone was experiencing same as mine. The google company should inform the people about it so that we have an idea.



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superlicca

Thanks for sharing this. I thought I was the only one who experienced this. I even uninstalled and reinstalled my Youtube thinking that it might be fixed but it did not. But within that day, the issue with Youtube was resolved and I was able to watch again some videos.



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mark8625

I thought the same thing also. I checked my laptop just to make sure that if it was working there but unfortunately same thing with my phone. It was down for an hours I guess.



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superlicca

I did not try to check Youtube on the laptop that is why I thought the problem was the app on my phone. It did take almost an hour and I was glad when I checked it and worked! I don't think I can live in a day without checking Youtube. I am subscribed to a lot of Youtubers.



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mark8625

I did check on my laptop right away when I found out that it is not working in my phone. And then suddenly the local news channel made a statement that Youtube was not working that time according to the twitter account of google.



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superlicca

That is good that you were able to hear the news about the issue. Honestly, after uninstalling and reinstalling my app and nothing worked, what I did was just ignore it and did some important things. I just thought and hoped that it would be fixed. Luckily, after a few hours, I checked again my Youtube and it worked! I did not know that everyone was affected. I thought it was only me. I am just thankful for this forum and I got the information.



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mark8625

Anyway good thing that Youtube is back and working again. Many people would be glad about it especially those people with vlog in there. Having no youtube for about an hour or two makes everyone life incomplete.



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superlicca

I agree with you. Being a freelancer and working from home, I always check Youtube and watch videos. Youtube has been part my life since I started working from home. I think if I am working in a corporate world, I would only check Youtube twice a week. ;-)



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mark8625

I do also checking Youtube everytime I am bored in my freelance job. It really helps me to refresh my mind and think better once I am done watching there. It feels like I was taking a break for a while then returned it back with a bang.



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jayjaydimson

Youtube was down before for some reasons, maybe they are updating their system or some other hackers attack Youtube to make it down.



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mitan143

Actually, the sudden temporary down of YouTube yesterday is worldwide and it means users from the Philippines are also affected. In fact, it is being reported on CNN right away. Also, YouTube's Facebook page has even posted and informed their users that they have already working on the problem. They didn't release any possible cause of the sudden down but after few minutes they managed to put back YouTube. I even remembered a lot of Facebook users posted different reactions regarding the issue. I think maybe they encountered unexpected problem from their main servers or any thing related to their servers.



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superlicca

I think what happened was very interesting and intriguing. I wonder what the real cause of the sudden issue with the Youtube is. I am hoping to more news about this case.



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mark8625

I see. Maybe youtube was updating their service. I thought it was only in the Philippines. Well whatever the problem I guess they would find a solution right away.



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jayjaydimson

This usually happens whenever there are updates on Youtube about their system or database. And it also happens whenever there are hackers who are attacking Youtube to make it down.



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theresajane

Yes, it's really true. It's not only happening in YouTube, but on other sites as well, even with online banks.



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anyone01

Honestly, YouTube didn’t say a lot about the situation, besides for the admission that YouTube is down and the annoucement that YouTube is returned. And, we’ll in no way realize whether YouTube will inform the general public what precisely results in the breakdown. for my part, I’m searching forward to the respond.



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EfficientNinja

I haven't done my research on why YouTube was down for a moment that day. There are many reasons for the downtime and it might not be because of hackers. Sometimes the servers just get too much traffic and they aren't able to handle these requests from users. Some developers might also have changed something in the live server and it might have messed up the whole YouTube system.



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mitan143

This issue from YouTube is probably outdated as of today for my reply on your comment but, that is also exactly what I think about why YouTube unable to respond well on its users or simply why it had a temporary down issue. Accidentally messing up something is probably the real cause behind it. Not sure tho.



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esteban123

I had no idea that the YouTube was down since I was busy doing some stuff on my work, I think it is just natural that hackers would try to hack YouTube since other social media sites have been hacked already, Let us just hope that the YouTube will not be affected by it and would try to improve its security features so that it cannot be easily penetrated by these hackers who are causing some trouble on the site. This is really worrying since many people are relying for their income on the site which would makes it hard for them.



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cmoneyspinner

I noticed YouTube was down but I never figured out why. All I know was I checked their Twitter account to see if YouTube was down or if my laptop was acting quirky. Once I was satisfied that it wasn't my laptop, I figured Google would have the problem solved by the next day. And they did!



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theresajane

I agree with you. Youtube and Google surely hires people who are on the top of their fields. It's nothing to really worry about.



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Steve5

I didn't know this happened. It seems that many users are dependent on their income from the platform. So it could be devastating to lose it instantly if ever that were to happen. Good thing that the internet will help Youtube stay where it is.

I'm sure it will never just stop working and never come back.



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nrnlss

I've read about a rumour about a video that's been uploaded in YouTube 20 min. before it was down, the video(they say) was a violent video and when the YouTube was working again, all the traces of the video was taken away.



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jayjaydimson

There are many reasons why a website can be down it's either attacked by hackers or they have a server maintenance.



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Youngshark

One may also experience inconveniences which are caused by the two having a certainty that one will b prevent even daughter. The expeince that io plot it is time to well up.



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amelia88

I was just thinking about this from a work perspective - imagine if you were a full time YouTuber. I can only assume it would have been pretty disruptive to a person's work day and would have likely resulted in a fair amount of lost income. I wonder what YouTube does about that, or if it's just accepted as part of the job for these people.



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mark8625

It would give you a hard time if you are working using youtube. Vloggers with huge followers and paying for the google ads will definitely the main affected of that if Youtube will shutdown for long time.



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jayjaydimson

Youtube is vulnerable to other hackers, it can be attacked because it's on the internet. There's a lot of reasons why is it down, or maybe they are having a system upgrade.



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Corzhens

I wonder why some people had to panic when Youtube was down. Don’t they realize that the internet is like a road that can experience unusual events like clogged traffic or accidents? From the news report that I had read, Youtube was down for 2 hours and there was no clear explanation given but just a technical problem. Users should learn that when the site is down it is only temporary so there is no need to panic. I have seen a lot of posts in Facebook about Youtube being down.



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theresajane

You have a very great point. Test world is not perfect, more so, the online world. Glitches happen anytime.



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jaymish2

In my opinion these are normally attacks by cyber criminals. I don’t see any personal details being stolen from Youtube. Yesterday(21/11/2018) Facebook and Instagram was said to be down in Europe, Australia and America. What we almost never get to find out is whether it is a technical hitch or weather it is a cyber malicious attack aimed at stealing people’s personal details and profiles and send malicious messages to their friends and anyone who follows them.



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MichaelTayl

Incorrect browser settings can also affect the playback of video on YouTube. Perhaps JavaScript is disabled in your browser - the main technology of interactive websites. Open the Chrome settings, find the section “Privacy and Security” and in the “Content Settings” check that JavaScript, images, sounds and Flash are enabled.

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