The issue leads many pages and videos to Error 404.
Some users in Europe and America began reporting problems accessing YouTube on Friday 15 May.
When a user tried to access a channel page, certain videos or other elements of the site, they were presented with the error message: “This page isn’t available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.”
The subscription page led users to a message saying: “Sorry, there’s a temporary issue loading your subscriptions. Please revisit this page shortly to try again.”
Some users have also reported outages of YouTube TV.
Website status detector Down Detector saw a spike in website traffic problems at 12:15am BST on 15 May 2020.
The detector site has reported thousands of user submissions about the error in countries including the UK, USA and Canada.
“I almost had a heart attack when YouTube went down. I thought my channel got deleted somehow”, one Twitter user commented about the outage. “what the hell we gon do now”, said another.
Me coming over from youtube to Twitter to see if Youtube is down for others like : #YouTubeDOWN pic.twitter.com/xKUmYJ8yVN
— James (@james__lufc) May 14, 2020
@YouTubeTV seems to be impacted too pic.twitter.com/ArA75jLqoP
— Paul Stenhouse (@paulstenhouse) May 14, 2020
This follows a recent outage of channel pages for users in Europe on 8 May 2020.
UPDATE 15 May 1:45AM BST: YouTube has addressed the issue in a tweet saying: “ If you were experiencing error messages on YouTube, the issue is now fixed. It lasted for approx ~20 minutes across home, subscriptions, search and more. Thanks for your patience, and for all of your reports!”
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