YouTube down: Major outage prompts outcry on social media

Video site YouTube experiencing a worldwide outage

YouTube experiencing "access issues" in apparent global outage

YouTube is encountering a noteworthy blackout. Users posted screenshots of internal error 500 message worldwide.

To further show the size of the outage, check out the Down Detector website here where you can see a live outage map.

The most infamous YouTube outage took place a decade ago when a Pakistan ISP accidentally took down the video site around the world for several hours.

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As with all Google-operated services, serious downtime for the video-sharing website is pretty rare. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated", YouTube tweeted. As of 10.35PM ET, the account is still replying to reports of the Youtube outage saying that the team is working on the problem.

YouTube's search functions were still functioning on the web and mobile - however, the videos were not playable from the results screen.

YouTube, however, did not explain what caused the issue.

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The issue has now been resolved.

YouTube tweeted that it was aware of the disruption to YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music and was working to fix it as soon as possible. However, at the end of the day, it's a digital service, and issues can crop at any time.

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