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The YouTube logo is made of a red round-rectangular box with a white "play" button inside and the word "YouTube" written in black.
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of siteVideo hosting service
FoundedFebruary 14, 2005; 16 years ago
Headquarters901 Cherry Avenue
San Bruno, California, United States
Area servedWorldwide (excluding blocked countries)
Founder(s)Chad HurleySteve ChenJawed Karim
Key peopleSusan Wojcicki (CEO)
Chad Hurley (advisor)
IndustryInternetVideo hosting service
ProductsYouTube Premium
YouTube Music
YouTube TV
YouTube Kids
RevenueUS$15 billion (2019)[1]
ParentGoogle LLC (2006–present)
URLYouTube.com
(see list of localized domain names)
AdvertisingGoogle AdSense
RegistrationOptionalNot required to watch most videos; required for certain tasks such as uploading videos, viewing flagged (18+) videos, creating playlists, liking or disliking videos, and posting comments
Users2 billion (October 2020)[2]
LaunchedFebruary 14, 2005; 16 years ago
Current statusActive
Content licenseUploader holds copyright (standard license); Creative Commons can be selected.
Written inPython (core/API),[3] C (through CPython), C++Java (through Guice platform),[4][5] Go,[6] JavaScript (UI)

YouTube is an American online video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service, created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees—Chad HurleySteve Chen, and Jawed Karim—was bought by Google in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion and now operates as one of the company’s subsidiaries. YouTube is the second most-visited website after Google Search, according to Alexa Internet rankings.[7]

YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. Available content includes video clipsTV show clips, music videosshort and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailerslive streamsvideo blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most content is generated and uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBCVevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can watch, but not upload, videos on the site, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments. Age-restricted videos are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.

As of May 2019, there were more than 500 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute and one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day.[8] YouTube and selected creators earn advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program that targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, subscription services respectively offering premium and ad-free music streaming, and ad-free access to all content, including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities. Based on reported quarterly advertising revenue, YouTube is estimated to have US$15 billion in annual revenues.

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