Earlier, when users tried to access YouTube.com, they were greeted with a blank page that did not display any videos. An error message appeared on the app: "There was a problem with the network ."
A map on DownDetector tracking status information and failures for various types of services in real-time showed that users were affected in the US, Brazil, Japan, parts of Australia, Southeast Asia and Western Europe.
YouTube confirmed the failure on Twitter and said it is working to fix it.
YouTube Tweet: Thanks for reporting on YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music access issues. We are working to resolve this and will let you know as soon as it is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you informed.
More than an hour later, the company tweeted that they were back in business.
A Google spokesman told CNBC about the tweets, adding that the company has nothing to share right now.
Google services are rather unusual for downtime than YouTube has experienced some problems in the past. During the FIFA World Cup 2018, YouTube TV – a paid live streaming service – came under pressure during the match between Croatia and England.