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.
— James (@james__lufc) May 14, 2020
— 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!”