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YouTube Experiences Widespread Technical Problems Playing Videos

YouTube users in multiple regions around the world encountered issues in playing videos on the site Wednesday.

The site’s TeamYouTube account acknowledged the problems in a Twitter post. “If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone — our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates,” it tweeted at 7:23 p.m. ET.

According to monitoring site DownDetector, user-reported YouTube problems spiked at around 7 p.m. ET. The issues appeared most acute in the Northeast U.S., the U.K. and Western Europe, as well as in Mexico, Australia and South America. Around 95% of the issues reported were with watching videos, per DownDetector.

Users who tried to play videos on YouTube video encountered a spinning wheel, with videos failing to initiate playback (before sometimes starting after several minutes). The problems were evident on desktop and mobile apps, as well as connected-TV devices including Google’s Chromecast. YouTube ads also were not loading during the technical outage.

Extended outages are rare for YouTube, which boasts more than 2 billion monthly logged-in users and claims it streams more than 1 billion hours of video daily.


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