Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:48

YouTube went down for an hour on Wednesday


Twitter is awash with messages from around the world that YouTube is down.

Our own investigation suggests that while the static content will load in the browser, nothing dynamic is appearing.

This suggests a database crash – the web server is running, but nothing is being delivered from the SQL back-end.

A recent tweet from the YouTube team says they know about it and are working on the problem (probably frantically!).

Youtube team tweet

Meanwhile, users are free to visit alternate services - pornhub springs to mind, as do any of the animated GIF services!

More information as it comes to hand.

Update: a short while after posting, it appeared the service had returned.  We will update once more information regarding the cause becomes available.


Further update: fellow iTWire writer DW speculates that there were issues with routing updates, however the true reason is yet to be communicated from Google/YouTube.

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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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