YouTube DOWN – app and website not working for thousands of users worldwide

THOUSANDS of YouTube users across the globe are reporting that the video platform has crashed.

Both the app and the website have been down since around midday UK time (7am ET) on Monday, according to independent website DownDetector.

Both the source and scale of the issue are unknown.

The California-based platform is usually reliable, and wide-scale outages effecting its services are rare.

Users are reporting on online outage tracker DownDetector that they cannot load the homepage, login or play videos.

More than 8,000 people have reported issues with the service, according to DownDetector.

The Sun has reached out to YouTube for comment.

Users took to social media to vent their frustration at being locked out of the video platform.

One netizen wrote on Twitter: "Is youtube down or am i the only one with issues?"

Another said: "This is becoming a daily drill #YouTubeDOWN again".

Others have reported that the site is working just fine.

One fan tweeted: "Apparently '#YouTubeDOWN' . . . not mine soooooo i dont see what yall talking about".

More than two billion people log in to YouTube every month.

It's often cited as the world's second most popular website after Google. The search giant is YouTube's parent company.

More to follow…

What was the first YouTube video?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • YOUTUBE'S first-ever video was uploaded 15 years ago – on April 23, 2005.
  • It was a clip posted by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, marking the beginning of the website's rapid and unstoppable rise to internet dominance.
  • The video is titled "Me at the zoo", and is geo-tagged to San Diego.
  • In the clip, Karim gives a short speech to camera in very low video quality by today's standards.
  • He's standing in a zoo talking about elephants, who can be seen in the background.
  • YouTube's inaugural video has now been viewed more than 90.2million times.
  • It's received nearly 3million likes and has racked up more around 5.3million comments.
  • Karim met fellow YouTube co-founders Steven Chen and Chad Hurley while working at PayPal.
  • The trio went on to create YouTube, although Karim was officially an adviser to the site – rather than being an employee.
  • He remained relatively unknown until Google purchased YouTube in 2006.
  • Karim received 137,443 shares of stock, which was worth roughly $64million at the time.
  • Watch the clip here.

In other news, we reveal how to delete YouTube videos.

Here's how to create a channel on YouTube.

And check out the recently-added YouTube feature Chapters.

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