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YouTube, LLC
YouTube Logo 2017.svg
Type Subsidiary
Foundation date February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14)
Headquarters 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California, United States
Area served Worldwide (except blocked countries)
Key people Susan Wojcicki (CEO)
Chad Hurley (Advisor)
Industry Internet
Video hosting service
Employees Increase 2000 (2019)
Parent Independent (2005–2006)
Google (2006–present)
Slogan(s) Broadcast Yourself (2005–2012)
Written in Java, Python and proprietary JavaScript
Alexa rank Steady 2 (July 2017)
Registration Optional (not required to watch most videos; required for certain tasks such as uploading videos, viewing flagged videos, creating playlists and posting comments)
Launched February 14, 2005; 17 years ago (2005-02-14)
Current status Active

YouTube is a free video sharing website on the internet. The website lets people upload, view, and share videos. YouTube started on February 14, 2005 by three former workers of PayPal. Now, Google (a search engine company) owns and operates YouTube. YouTube now carries paid advertisements on all pages.

Videos can be rated with likes or dislikes, and viewers can subscribe to channels they like. Videos can be commented on if viewers log into their own accounts. The number of times a video has been watched (known as "views") is shown.

Many different types of videos can be put onto the website, such as educational content, animations, and events.


Youtube founders
From left to right: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim

On February 14, 2005, three former workers of PayPal (Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim) founded the site. In November 2006, Google bought YouTube. In 2012, an iOS app was created for YouTube. They changed their logo in 2017.


YouTube is blocked in many schools because it allows children to search for videos online that would otherwise distract them from their lessons, much like how other social networking sites and game sites are blocked for the same purpose. But at a higher level than schools (and in workplaces), even some governments have blocked YouTube access to their country's public, but their reasons can vary.

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