YouTube is DOWN: Streaming giant crashes around the world leaving thousands of users unable to watch videos
- Thousands of complaints were registered around the world by stricken users
- The source of the technical difficulties remains unknown
Streaming behemoth YouTube appears to have crashed for thousands of users around the world.
Complaints registered on independent site DownDetector indicate the outage is global, but the source of the issue remains unknown.
The Google-owned site is usually very reliable and the scale of the outage is currently unknown.
Streaming behemoth YouTube appears to have crashed for thousands of users around the world
Pictured, what the YouTube homepage looked like when MailOnline tried to get on the website around 1pm BST
The site seems to be suffering a universal loss in functionality, with issues loading the homepage, playing videos and logging in.
MailOnline has contacted YouTube for comment.
The lack of service started shortly after midday the number of complaints sooned soared into the thousands.
More than two billion people log on to YouTube every month, and it is often cited as being the second most popular website in the world, behind only its parent company, Google.
More than one billion hours of content is watched every day, according to YouTube.
Disgruntled users took to social media to double check the site was out of order and bemoan the outage.
Some shared screenshots of their defunct YouTube landing screen while others resorted to memes and GIFs.
Pictured, a heat map of outages in the US according to downdetector
Pictured, US-based complaints picked up by DownDetector
Pictured, a heat map of the UK and where the most YouTube-related complaints were coming from. London appears to be the place with most the most issues
Pictured, the spike in complaints in the UK which started after midday and soared into the thousands