YouTube suffers brief outage, humanity manages to soldier on

Many users met with internal error message for a service that usually holds up quite well.


Update: 3:08 p.m. PT YouTube suffered a glitch this afternoon which left some users unable to access the service.

Shortly before 3 p.m. PT access had returned. The outage -- however brief -- was newsworthy in that YouTube has generally held up despite the increasing load on the service's servers. On Twitter, people in different geographies reported being unable to call up YouTube's home page. Instead, they were met by the message: "500 Internal Server Error. Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation."

A YouTube spokesman did not have any information on the cause of the problem. The spokesman then offered a corporate mea culpa:

"Some people encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today," according to a statement YouTube sent to CNET. "We worked quickly to address the issue and fixed the problem. We're sorry for any inconvenience this caused."

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.


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