YouTube experiences outages with cause unclear

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Online video platform YouTube on Wednesday night said an error which prevented users from viewing content for a couple of hours has been resolved.

“…And we’re back – we’re so sorry for the interruption. This is fixed across all devices & YouTube services, thanks for being patient with us,” the platform’s troubleshooting team said a couple of hours after acknowledging the issue.

“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,” TeamYouTube said in an initial post.

According to Downdetector.com, which tracks website status, users started experiencing issues just after 4 pm (0000 GMT Thursday) with some 286,000 users reporting problems at one point. YouTube said services were back just after 6 pm.

YouTube, Alphabet’s video subsidiary, did not immediately specify how many users were affected by the issues, nor their cause.

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