UPDATE at 12:45 PM | YOUTUBE is back up and running after suffering a major global outage.
The popular video-sharing website came back online shortly after 12.30pm AEST, almost an hour-and-a-half after it crashed around the world, sending its users into a frenzy.
YouTube is the world’s largest online video website and the second most visited site on the internet. Today’s outage is thought to be one of the largest to ever affect the site.
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FIRST at 12:20 PM | YOUTUBE has stopped working, with millions of people around the world unable to access content on the popular video-sharing site.
YouTube is the world’s largest online video website and the second-most visited site on the internet.
The Google-owned streaming service has been offline now for more than an hour, with website-outage tracker DownDetector.com registering a spike in complaints just after 11:15am AEST.
Users are being served an error message when attempting to watch content on the video-sharing site, which uploads 100 hours of content every minute.
In a short statement on Twitter, YouTube said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix.
“Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues,” the streaming service wrote in a Tweet.
“We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”
The outage is being experienced right across the globe, including in the USA, the UK and in Japan.
There is no word yet on when YouTube service will be restored.
Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2018
The outage comes a fortnight after Instagram crashed, leaving its more than 1 billion users unable to access their profiles or photos for almost an hour.