YouTube Shutdown Prank to Select Best Video in 2023

YouTube, much to the shock of adoring users, announced that it was ending the popular video site and was going to pick the best video ever uploaded, and then it was going to cease operations.

YouTube, which launched in 2005, was just a big best video contest to find the best video submission in the world, according to the YouTube blog.

Announced on a day known for tomfoolery, the site, which in eight years has expanded to be able to accommodate 72 hours of video being uploaded every minute, said that the video competition will soon be over as the last submission would be taken right before midnight on Tuesday, April 2.

After the deadline passes, they claim that every single video will be deleted.

"We finally have enough content to close the competition. We've started the process to select a winner and as of tomorrow at midnight, we will be closing the site to submissions," according to a statement from YouTube posted on their YouTube Blog.

YouTube will start to announce the best video nominees at 9 a.m. PT on April 1 via a live streamed broadcast and will have 30,000 technicians crawling through the millions of YouTube submissions. The video site will allegedly begin announcing the "Best Video" nominees, with the announcement being scheduled to run for 12 hours a day for the next two years.

After the videos are sifted a panel of judges, which includes famous YouTube characters such as Antoine Dodson and iJustine, will vote on the best video. The best video will be selected by 2023 when the site will re-launch and begin taking video submissions for the next YouTube winner.

"Thank you for sharing your creativity, irreverence, ideas and knowledge with us and with viewers around the world," the statement added.