Is YouTube down? Video Sharing website crashes on November 18 - Dexerto

Is YouTube down? Video Sharing website crashes on November 18

Published: 18/Nov/2018 23:16 Updated: 18/Nov/2018 23:36

by Calum Patterson


It appears that YouTube has crashed worldwide once again on November 18, only months after its previous outage.

Update, 11:33pm UTC: YouTube appears to be fully functional again on both mobile and desktop platforms. If you are still experiencing an outage, it should be resolved soon.

Update, 11:21pm UTC: Users on YouTube on desktop in some regions are reporting that YouTube is functional again.

For the first time in years, YouTube experienced a major outage on October 17, which lasted almost 6 hours across various regions and devices.

It is extremely rare for the site to crash, and can have massive effects across the web, as it is by far the most popular video sharing website, but it crashed for a second time in as many months on November 18, with visitors met with a blank homepage.

Users faced with a blank homepage.

Users began noticing outages at around 11pm UTC, with numerous big name YouTubers reporting that they were unable to see their homepage.

Popular YouTuber KEEMSTAR was among the first to report an issue, posting a video to Twitter and then tagging in Head of YouTube Susan Wojcicki and Head of YouTube Gaming Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt.

YouTube is on average the 2nd most visited website in the world, and this is only the second major crash in recent memory.

It also supports the livings of 100,000’s of creators, who produced videos daily and rely on views and ad revenue.

At the time of writing, YouTube has not publicly identified the cause of the downtime. 


Baby Shark set to overtake Despacito as YouTube’s most viewed video

Published: 21/Oct/2020 21:33

by Virginia Glaze


As the net’s most popular video-sharing platform, YouTube boasts a significant amount of record-breaking releases — but one of its most-viewed videos could upend a major streak on the site that has lasted for quite some time.

Despacito — the music video for Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi’s viral song of the same name — has reigned as YouTube’s most-viewed video since 2017, becoming the first video to reach three billion views in August of that year.

Since then, it has stayed at the top of YouTube’s most-viewed videos list at seven billion views, having become somewhat of a meme and an all-around easy listening experience for speakers of any language.

However, it seems that Despacito’s reign as YouTube’s top-viewed upload could be coming to an end in the near future, as another viral sensation is quickly creeping up behind — and it goes by the name ‘Baby Shark.’

Although the Baby Shark song has been around since before YouTube was even created, it surprisingly surged to popularity in the past few years after being uploaded by South Korean YouTube channel ‘Pinkfong’ in 2016.

While the initial video for the song — also made by Pinkfong — was uploaded in 2015, the Baby Shark Dance has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, with many parents around the globe becoming all-too familiar with the tune that drives kids wild.

Baby Shark Dance currently sits at 6.9 billion YouTube views, and could be set to reach or overtake Despacito at any moment — especially after YouTube star Mr Beast pointed it out on Twitter.

Baby Shark isn’t just breaking records on YouTube; the song also made it into the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019, breaking out at number 32 thanks to a 2013 change that took online viewership of songs into account.

Considering the song’s popularity among children, it doesn’t come as too big of a surprise that it might topple Despacito’s long-standing rule on YouTube, hearkening back to an earlier time when PewDiePie fought against T-Series to gain the most subscribers for a single channel on the platform.