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YouTube Shutting Down – April Fools Prank

The official announcement was made this weekend that Youtube is shutting down. That’s right, Youtube is up to their old tricks again. It’s a well known fact that both YouTube and Google, as a whole, are big fans of playing April Fools pranks and placing hidden easter eggs in their products.

This year it looks like they have, once again, went to great expense in celebrating their prankster culture. Tom Liston, communications director at YouTube, announced “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.” While it’s a rather obvious April Fools gag, YouTube has still went to great efforts in creating a star-studded major production.

The reason behind YouTube shutting down is based on the concept that it was all just a contest to begin with. After taking 8 years of submissions, every video on YouTube will now be reviewed by a panel of judges. This is going to take some time. At the last count, more video footage is uploaded to YouTube every 3 months than what has aired on all of the major TV networks combined in the last 60 years. That’s a lot of video footage and it’s going to take YouTube a while to go through it all. That might explain why in this years April Fools prank, YouTube states that the winner will be announced in 2023, when the site comes back online.

YouTube will be adding a Live Stream today (starting at noon ET) to announce the “Best Video” nominees. This will undoubtedly appear as an Oscars parody. It seems they’ve went the extra mile to make this prank a bit more believable. However, considering that YouTube is right in the middle of rolling out what could be called their largest site update in history for it’s creators, I don’t see any YouTubers falling for the gag. While the prank is very well produced, it’s a complete fail in the timing department. What has been your favorite Google Gag over the years? Let us know in the comments below.

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