After Wikipedia, it was YouTube that suffered a minor outage yesterday morning that lasted for around a couple of hours or so, leaving many users temporarily unable to access the video portal for that span of time.
The world’s largest online video sharing website presented a “service unavailable” message to the users who attempted accessing the site at around 1100 GMT. However, the service was resumed at 1230 GMT, according to reports.
Google has confirmed the outage, saying it was relating to technical glitches and no external tampering was involved in it. The search giant thereby allayed concerns that the outage was anywhere related to its move to stop censoring search results in China.
Quoting the same, a Google spokeswoman said: “YouTube is up again following a technical issue which has now been resolved. We know how important YouTube is for people and apologize for any inconvenience the downtime may have caused.”
At the time of the outage, YouTube users were able to access the individual videos though, but the site’s homepage was flashing “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” error message.
Furthermore, the sources claimed that it’s Google’s default policy not to discuss the technical reasons underlying any outage or crash. Access to Youtube has since returned to normal.
Google has been embroiled in a tussle with Chinese authorities over web censorship issues since January, and once even alleged the country for having sponsored attacks on its systems.