What you need to know
- YouTube and other Google services are down.
- Users began reporting being unable to stream or comment on March 26th.
- The outage appears to be concentrated around the United States, Western Europe, and Japan.
Always a regular source of entertainment and distraction, YouTube has suddenly gone down. Reports began flooding social media and DownDetector on March 26th as users found themselves unable to upload videos, stream videos, or even access their own playlists.
#youtubedown do we need to ration the internet too? XD— ergo.josh (@ergo_josh) March 26, 2020
The outage doesn't appear to be limited to YouTube. Other Google services like Drive and Mail are also suffering from issues in the same area, so it's probably a Google thing.
It's not clear when this will be resolved, but as it is Google, we're betting on relatively quick.
Update: Service restored
Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure at Google Cloud, clarified on social media that the outage was not due to any congestion or network overload. It was a simple router failure. Users should be able to access YouTube and other services as normal.
Very sorry about that! We had a router failure in Atlanta, which affected traffic routed through that region. Things should be back to normal now. Just to make sure: this wasn't related to traffic levels or any kind of overload, our network is not stressed by Covid-19. https://t.co/vZEJpkgRlo— Urs Hölzle (@uhoelzle) March 26, 2020
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