It’s time to grab your bug-out bags and zombie survival kits and get ready for the apocalypse because the internet’s favorite video sharing site has gone dark. At around 2 AM GMT here in the UK, YouTube the home of every cat video ever suddenly stopped working across the board.
YouTube has yet to release an official comment about the outage and people have been quick to jump to Twitter to vent their stress and displeasure.
YOUTUBE IS DOWN! PANIC! THE END IS UPON US! pic.twitter.com/XLtUUb1EdX
— Rafe 🎃 #boo 👻 (@AwkwardPrimate) October 17, 2018
YouTube's down… Can it really be true? Am I finally… free?
— Markiplier (@markiplier) October 17, 2018
— Raúl. (@Raulogamer) October 17, 2018
No cause has yet been established and users are getting a multitude of errors. Let’s hope that their highly trained monkey gets its paws in gear and service is restored soon. As this is an ongoing story we’ll be sure to update you as the situation develops.
2:58 AM: The team behind the service has responded on Twitter assuring users that they are working to fix the outage
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
In the meantime, remember that you can always dust off your bookshelf and read that copy of Game of Thrones you’ve been neglecting.
EDITOR’S UPDATE: At some point between writing this article and posting it, the problem was fixed. You can now go back to watching your cat videos and Fortnite.