(NEW YORK) — Those who visited YouTube Thursday got a “500 Internal Server Error” starting at around 4:15 p.m. ET. The very popular video service went down for about 15 minutes Thursday afternoon. Service was restored for most by 4:30 p.m. ET.
“Some users encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today. Our engineers worked quickly to address the issue and fixed the problem within minutes. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this caused our users,” a Google spokesperson told ABC News.
The outage was just one of the hiccups for Google, the owner of YouTube, Thursday. The company mistakenly released its earnings results early Thursday morning, halting the stock and causing the price to take a hit. Ironically, YouTube went down as it was about to begin live streaming its earnings call on the service.
The outage was short-lived, but all it took was a few minutes for people to start airing their complaints on Twitter and asking others if it was universally down. Luckily for all those people, Twitter, which experienced its own outage a few months ago, stayed up for YouTube’s brief outage.
Turns out that even Google’s pretty server rooms aren’t foolproof.
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Susan Scutti, CNN
John Gunnerson, BYU-Idaho