1 Apr 2013

YouTube going dark - yeah, right

4:27 pm on 1 April 2013

In an elaborate April Fool's prank, YouTube has announced it is going dark for a decade and the site was merely an eight-year contest to find the best video.

In a three-and-a-half minute video posted on its homepage, the world's most popular video-sharing website claimed it would close at the end of the day to review all the video submissions it has received over the years, and would announce the best one in 2023, AFP reports.

The Google-owned website said less than two weeks ago that more than a billion people now use YouTube each month, with viewing on smartphones helping drive growth.