YouTube shutdown prank video for April Fools’ Day 2013 receives mixed reactions

By on Apr 1, 2013 in Internet, Technology, Weird Comments

The YouTube shutdown prank video, which was uploaded this Sunday, March 31, 2013, is now receiving mixed reactions from fans. Nevertheless, some of them believed it and got confused, apparently forgetting that today, April 1 is April Fools’ Day. However, there are those who realized that it was just an April Fools‘ joke.

YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar

YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar
Image Credit: YouTube screengrab

As announced earlier by YouTube, Google‘s video platform company will shutdown starting Monday, April 1, 2013, and will be back online in 2023. While they are offline for a decade, a winner for the best video will be awarded an MP3 player and a $500 creative stipend for their next project.

“We started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with the simple goal: to find the best video in the world.” YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar in the YouTube shutdown prank video, adding that an estimated 70 hours of video are being uploaded to the site every minute.

“We are so close to the end tonight at midnight. YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it’s finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner.” Tom Liston, YouTube communications director, said.

Apparently, some YouTube celebrities also spoke on the said video to make it more believable. It even showed some of the 30,000 technicians and judges while watching some of the nominees for the best YouTube video winner and their preparation for their re-launch in 2023.

Below are some of the comments in the YouTube shutdown prank video, which has more than 746,000 views, as of this writing.

“I bet the probability is pretty high that the winning video will have at least one cat in it.”

“I’ve done a lot on this site, and I had no idea I was entered in this contest, along with others. What does this mean? Two words people…April Fools’

“You’re going to delete all of our videos??????????????????”

“I got scared and then looked at the date.”

“What the?!?!? I’m fooled by this video. I can’t believe it, they make it so real.. Hahahaha..”

“I was just about to say this is such a silly idea. Then I realized it was a joke….”

“I fell for it, and it’s past midnight…I don’t deserve to live anymore. Good joke, now don’t do it again, I almost had a heart attack”

“This is probably the best April Fools joke I’ve seen in a while. Thumbs up YouTube…Thumbs up.”



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