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YouTube knocked offline, humanity forced to be productive

I guess we'll just actually work now.


AJ Dellinger


Posted on Jun 22, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:50 pm CDT

Wednesday morning brought an unexpected boost of productivity in offices around the world thanks to the temporary absence of one of the web’s best distractors, YouTube. The video streaming service was temporarily unaccessible for many users.

The outage occurred around 7:23am ET. During the down time, many of the site’s one billion users were greeted with a message assuring them that, “A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.” 

Many hoping to hop online for a quick video fix in the morning were forced instead to think of clever ways to complain on Twitter about YouTube being down.

The Daily Dot was informed that the outage was the result of a routine engineering push that took YouTube down globally for about 15 minutes. 

In a typical 15 minute period on YouTube, about 4,500 hours of footage would be uploaded and over 4,845 days worth of video would be watched.

According to Outage Report, a website dedicated to tracking user reports down time of various websites, Wednesday morning generated the highest amount of YouTube outage claims in Outage Report’s history. 

At the time of publication, some users in Europe claimed to still be unable to access the video streaming platform.

H/T TheNextWeb

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*First Published: Jun 22, 2016, 12:24 pm CDT