Twitter was flooded with memes and jokes after popular streaming platform YouTube suffered a global outage. Though the reason for the outage was not known, users across the globe reported playback issue in many videos.
According to DownDetector, a website that gives the real-time status of websites and their performance confirmed that at least 90% of the viewers were unable to watch videos. Some also reported issues in quality drops in videos and other login difficulties.
On May 19, the @TeamYouTube account on Twitter also acknowledged the issue of videos not streaming or uploading.
To clarify, the issue is still ongoing, and we’re currently looking into it. We’ll follow up once we have an update.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) May 19, 2021
As soon as users across the globe realised the outage, many flocked to the microblogging site Twitter with memes and queries, causing #YouTube Down to dominate trends.
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