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#YouTubeDown: Users share memes on Twitter as platform suffers outage

The video-sharing platform was down for about two hours overnight

YouTube had an outage that lasted a couple of hours overnight. Bloomberg
YouTube had an outage that lasted a couple of hours overnight. Bloomberg

YouTube went down for a couple of hours overnight thanks to an outage, meaning that users around the world couldn’t watch videos.

According to monitoring site DownDetector, the issues appeared most acute in the northeast US, the UK and western Europe, as well as in Mexico, Australia and South America.

But, as you can imagine, the Internet didn’t just sit around waiting for the platform to return – instead users made the best use of their new free time: by sharing memes to capture the moment. Under the trending hashtag #YouTubeDown, many took to Twitter to share their thoughts:

One Twitter user used a screenshot from the popular game Among Us to call an emergency meeting:

Many users assumed their routers were to blame at first, not YouTube:

Others blamed their apps:

Or chalked it down as a Wi-Fi issue:

However, the problem was eventually resolved by YouTube, allowing for users to return to their videos. Perhaps, quite fittingly, as__kwadwo shared the most meta-meme of the night:

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Updated: November 12, 2020 12:03 PM

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