The video locker was slow to load videos and balked when asked to upload new content on Wednesday, from just before midnight GMT. While all but night-owl European users mostly missed the mess, North American users woke up without their favourite early morning streams and some Asian users were also deprived of their favourite vids and top notch strategic content like Reg lectures.
In typical Google style, YouTube had very little to say about the incident, other than acknowledging it was aware of the situation and then sounding the all-clear without revealing any details about what had transpired.
…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 ❤️ https://t.co/1s0qbxQqc6
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 12, 2020
Multiple observers have pointed out that YouTube’s travails were matched at Google’s Movie-and-TV-show streaming operations, suggesting a problem on common infrastructure.
Plenty of people make a living on YouTube, so the outage is more than an inconvenience or opportunity to make cheap quips about cat videos.