When one of the internet’s biggest sites goes down, you know users and keyboard warriors are going to respond appropriately.
YouTube is a big’un, people need their videos! Where else can you watch endless compilations of old Vines, learn how to fix a plug and watch interviews with your favourite artists from 20 years ago?
Last night, October 16, however, everyone’s favourite video site went down. Users were noticing error messages and outages lasting for over half an hour.
So what was it all about? Well, YouTube have said they’re working on it, without really saying what ‘it’ is. Some users, however, think they’ve figured it out.
Taking to Twitter, team YouTube wrote:
Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.
Some people, though, think it might take more than some internet wizardry to fix the issue. And who’s to blame? Thanos, of course. The big bad baddie from Avengers: Infinity War who went rogue and wiped out half the universe and many of our favourite superheroes in the process. Some people just can’t handle a joke y’know.
One person responded:
While y’all were sleeping, Thanos came for YouTube. #IDontFeelSoGood
well Thanos really is the most evil bastard ever he deleted #YouTube when he did the snap #YoutubeisDown
While someone else hoped he’d have the same effect on other sites:
If Thanos snaps again, will that take down Twitter as well? So long Youtube.
Another welcomed the glitch:
Thanos finally had enough of being reminded to “DON’T FORGET TO LIKE-COMMENT-AND-SUBSCRIBE!!!”
But why is Thanos so intent on wiping things out?
In the comics, Thanos wants to get rid of all life to impress Death, or at least the concept of it. In the films, however, his intentions are more… moral.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said, as per ComicBook:
We talked about his motivation, and much of the motivation connected to Lady Death is about balance.
It’s the balance between life and death, the belief that life was getting unchecked and out of hand and there needed to be a correction.
We wanted to make that the driving force of Thanos and his backstory. That’s where Chris and Steve and Joe and Anthony found a more natural, grounded way … well, as grounded as a giant Mad Titan can be.
Co-director Anthony Russo added:
We also wanted to create a really incredible arc for Zoe [Saldana] to play. She’s probably the most heroic, brave character in the movie.
So that, to us, is fulfilling the promise of the storytelling that we have in front of us, versus trying to bring together 23 superheroes in a satisfying way while introducing an ancillary character who doesn’t mean anything to them.
YouTube may be one thing, but let’s hope Thanos doesn’t come for any social media publishers anytime soon. Oh wai…
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.