YouTube is back online after the streaming giant crashed around the world for thousands of users
- Thousands of complaints were registered around the world by stricken users
- The source of the issues remains unknown but appears to be resolved
Streaming behemoth YouTube appears to be back online after crashing for thousands of users around the world.
Complaints registered on independent site DownDetector indicated a global outage which lasted less than an hour.
The Google-owned site is usually very reliable and the cause of the outage remains unknown.
Streaming behemoth YouTube appears to have crashed for thousands of users around the world
Pictured, what the YouTube homepage looked like when MailOnline tried to get on the website around 1pm BST
The site suffered a universal loss in functionality, with issues loading the homepage, playing videos and logging in.
MailOnline has contacted YouTube for comment.
The lack of service started shortly after midday the number of complaints sooned soared into the thousands. However, it returned to normal by 1:30pm.
More than two billion people log on to YouTube every month, and it is often cited as being the second most popular website in the world, behind only its parent company, Google.
More than one billion hours of content is watched every day on the platform, according to YouTube.
Disgruntled users took to social media to double check the site was out of order and bemoan the outage.
Some shared screenshots of their defunct YouTube landing screen while others resorted to memes and GIFs.
Pictured, a heat map of outages in the US according to downdetector
Pictured, US-based complaints picked up by DownDetector
Pictured, a heat map of the UK and where the most YouTube-related complaints were coming from. London appears to be the place with most the most issues
Pictured, the spike in complaints in the UK which started after midday and soared into the thousands