An outage of YouTube.com on Thursday was technical and not caused by outside tampering, according to owner Google Inc.
“YouTube is up again following a technical issue which has now been resolved,” a Google representative said in a written statement. “We know how important YouTube is for people and apologize for any inconvenience the downtime may have caused.”
The outage on the popular video web site apparently lasted from about 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (ET).Â Internet users were reportedly able to access individual videos, but the main page had an error message.
A YouTube source said the outage was not the result of any kind of attack or related in any way to Google’s recent move to stop censoring results in China, according to a CNN report.Â Since it came just a few days after Google’s announcement about the censoring, the outage prompted speculation on the Internet.