Claim:   YouTube is shutting down and will no longer be accepting video submissions.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, March 2013]

Posted to Facebook is an announcement that after 8 years, YouTube is shutting down to select a winner of the all time best video. Then they will reopen in 2023 with only the top video.


Origins:   A YouTube video announcement issued on 31 March 2013 proclaimed that

“after eight amazing years,” the popular video hosting site would be shutting down the following day and no longer accepting submissions. Instead, said the company, “it’s finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner” (a process estimated to take ten years), with the site displaying the winning video as its sole entry upon its reopening in 2023.

The video (reportedly produced in conjunction with The Onion) is well done and creates an air of verisimilitude by featuring several YouTube luminaries, but its release on 31 March was no coincidence: its projected shutdown date for YouTube is 1 April, a day commonly known as April Fools’ Day.

Last updated:   31 March 2013