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YouTube and YouTube TV Experience Outage

The YouTube website appeared to be functional, but videos weren't available to be played by some devices.

Published Nov 11, 2020

BRAZIL - 2020/10/09: In this photo illustration the YouTube logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) (Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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UPDATE: YouTube confirmed via Twitter that service was restored.

On Nov. 11, 2020, the YouTube video streaming website experienced an outage. It was not clear how widespread the outage was, nor was it clear if it impacted all devices playing YouTube videos. YouTube TV, a subscription television streaming service, was also down.

Initially, the @TeamYouTube Twitter account confirmed that YouTube was down, and that they are "aware of the issue and working on a fix."

Twitter users were also quick to confirm:

The website Down Detector also received hundreds of thousands of individual reports from users experiencing issues:

Down Detector also received reports around the same time regarding Google Play, YouTube Music, and T-Mobile, although it is not known if these outages are related:

Service appeared to be later restored around 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The outage appeared to last somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes. @TeamYouTube tweeted at 9:13 p.m. Eastern that all service was restored:

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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