Say goodbye to all your favourite let's players, game walkthroughs and new game trailers, YouTube is down! As YouTube is a platform that some people rely on for their entire income, a lot of people are, understandably, freaking out.
While small issues were affecting service earlier this morning, YouTube has crashed almost completely in the last half hour or so. YouTube's official Twitter account has been inundated with questions and reports about the problems, and put out this statement:
Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2018
Aussie Outages lists thousands of reports in the last hour, with comments flooding in from people frustrated by the sudden lack of time-wasting videos for them to watch. Some users report being able to connect for short moments, then being sent back to the error screen. The outage seems to be affecting users worldwide.
As yet we have no word from YouTube on what the problem is related to or if there's an estimated time on a fix. They have indicated that the problem is affecting not just YouTube but sister services YouTube TV and YouTube Music as well. Everyone tweeting at YouTube support has been given a similar message that the team are aware of the issue and are working to fix it.
Update: YouTube put out the all clear earlier this afternoon, and most people's services started returning to normal a little before that message. YouTube still hasn't clarified what caused the service outage.