Topline

YouTube is experiencing a sitewide issue that prevents videos from loading, the company confirmed Wednesday, and said it was aware of the problem and working on a fix.

Key Facts

While the YouTube website is accessible, videos are stuck on a black screen with an endless white loading circle.

According to DownDetector, users began reporting issues at slightly before 7 p.m. EST.

Users flocked to Twitter Wednesday night to voice their frustrations at the outage, resulting in the trending hashtag #YouTubeDOWN and plenty of jokes about the situation.

In a tweet, YouTube said, “If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone – our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any