|Foundation date||February 14, 2005|
|Headquarters||901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California, United States|
|Area served||Worldwide (except blocked countries)|
|Key people||Susan Wojcicki (CEO)
Chad Hurley (Adviser)
Video hosting service
|Slogan(s)||Broadcast Yourself (2005–2012)|
(see list of localized domain names)
|Alexa rank||3 (January 2016[update])|
|Registration||Optional (not required to watch most videos; required for certain tasks such as uploading videos, viewing flagged (18+) videos, creating playlists and posting comments)|
|Launched||February 14, 2005|
YouTube is a free video sharing website that lets people upload, view, and share videos. Videos can be rated with a like or dislike, videos can be commented if logged in to an account, and the number of times a video has been watched (known as "views") is put on the site. Users who have accounts can also subscribe to channels. At the moment, Google (a search engine company) owns and operates YouTube. Many different types of videos can be put onto the website, such as educational content, animations, and funny stuff. YouTube was started on February 15, 2005 by three former workers of PayPal.
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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