YouTube Experiences Global Outage

YouTube experienced a global outage Tuesday night. The second most visited website in the world experienced the outage across its various platforms for more than an hour. The Google-owned streaming site took to Twitter to thank users for reporting issues.

Users who tried to access videos or upload content were greeted with an error message. The outage apparently began about 6 PM locally and services were restored after 7:30.

There were a couple server errors users noticed during the outage, including 503 and 500 error messages. While most users are familiar with 404 – page not found – error message 503 means “service unavailable.” Generally, this message is displayed when servers are overloaded and cannot handle the volume of traffic trying to access it. A 503 error is usually associated with a temporary condition. A “500 Internal Server Error” displayed on some pages Tuesday night, such as visiting individual YouTube accounts like MasonWebTV.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC was streaming the Shelton City Council meeting when the outage started. Users were unable to view the video live but the video is now available.

No explanation for the outage has been released.