While the company has yet to acknowledge the issue, user reports shared on DownDetector show that most of those affected by this ongoing outage have problems with video streaming and accessing the YouTube website.
When attempting to access YouTube streams, users see black screens with a loading animation and error messages asking to "please try again later."
Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks also confirmed that YouTube is experiencing a global outage that impacts live streams.
Note: YouTube is experiencing international outages with live streams impacted; incident not related to country-level internet disruptions or filtering #YouTubeDown pic.twitter.com/Jay24MxBlL
It is unknown at the moment if this is planned maintenance activity, a problem with YouTube's servers, or if the outage is related to malicious activity.
Working fine here in Brooklyn as of 4:30 pm EST--audio live-streaming and any YouTube video I randomly click on. Will be interested to see why this happened and seemingly only in certain areas.