YouTube went down for over an hour during an abrupt worldwide outage

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  • YouTube abruptly went down for around an hour on Tuesday evening.

  • YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized for the downtime but did not provide additional details for the outage.

You were not alone — YouTube was down from approximately 6 p.m. to around 7:20 p.m on Tuesday.

"Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues," a YouTube statement said. "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."

Tech enthusiasts sounded the alarm after Google's streaming service abruptly displayed error messages and blank thumbnails on its website:

"Never seen YouTube down for 30+ minutes like this before," Marques Brownlee, a popular YouTube video producer, said on Twitter.

"how does youtube go down for an hour at this point -- that seems insane," tweeted New York Times tech reporter Mike Isaac.

The Philadelphia Police Department advised residents not to contact emergency services amidst the outage.

"Yes, our @YouTube is down, too," the police department said on Twitter. "No, please don't call 911 - we can't fix it."

At 8:00 p.m., the company announced the website was functioning again: "We're back! Thanks for all of your patience," YouTube said in a tweet.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki also apologized but did not provide additional details for the outage: "YouTube is back," Wojcicki said in a tweet. "Sorry to everyone who was impacted. Thank you to the teams who resolved this."

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