LOOK: Internet users flood social media with funny reactions to YouTube downtime

/ 03:40 PM October 17, 2018
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YouTube went offline at around 9 a.m. this morning, surprising a lot of internet users.

At 9:41 a.m. on Oct. 17, Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) tweeted that the video streaming platform had encountered technical difficulties that prevented access to content. People who tried to do so would only see blank pages.


After an hour, the YouTube service eventually came back online but not in its entirety. An 11 a.m. tweet from Team YouTube announced the resumed service, but several Twitter users said they still couldn’t view videos through some of the platform’s services like YouTube TV.


Image: Twitter/@TeamYouTube

Meanwhile, the hashtag #YouTubeDOWN began circulating around social media. Attached to it are various reactions from internet users whose browsing habits were disrupted by the downtime.


Twitter user Alex Creed pointed out the irony of passing boredom from reading YouTubeDOWN complaints by watching YouTube videos only to realize the service still had some bugs.

Image: Twitter/@AlexCreed_

The United States Philadelphia Police notified citizens not to dial 911 regarding the YouTube downtime because they said they couldn’t fix it.

Image: Twitter/@PhillyPolice

User taekook said he won’t even survive a minute if YouTube were to go down for an entire day.

Emilio Medina (@emiliomedina) thought about what YouTube celebrities would do for income when the platform goes offline. Get regular jobs?


Image: Twitter/@emilioomedina

Meanwhile, a few others like user Joe Basile (@AsapBasile98) blamed “Avengers: Infinity War’s” Thanos for the whole mishap.

Image: Twitter/@AsapBasile98

At the same time, Walt Disney Studios was quick to defend themselves, saying it was Ralph’s fault that YouTube went down.

It wasn't us 😅 #YouTubeDown. Disney's #RalphBreaksTheInternet coming to cinemas November 21. Learn more:

Posted by Walt Disney Studios on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Then again, it could work as good marketing for “Wreck It Ralph Breaks the Internet” as suggested by Twitter user B-Rose (@brose3120)


Image: Twitter/@brose3120

While YouTube developers try to figure out what happened and work to get the service back up to 100 percent, some people are just happy enough they can watch at least some of their favorite videos.  /ra


Image: Twitter/@GlueNotGlitter


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TOPICS: downtime, technical problem, Youtube, YouTubeDOWN
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