31 Mar '13, 11pm

YouTube "reveals" site as 8-year-long contest, announces shutdown in April Fool's prank

YouTube "reveals" site as 8-year-long contest, announces shutdown in April Fool's prank

WASHINGTON (AFP) - In an elaborate April Fool's prank, YouTube announced on Sunday it was going dark for a decade, and that the site was merely an eight-year contest to find the best video. "It's finally time to pick the winner," YouTube representatives announced in a 3:32 minute video posted on its homepage. The message was simple: the world's most popular video-sharing website would close at the end of the day to review all the video submissions it has received over the years, and would announce the best one in 2023. "We are so close to the end. Tonight at midnight, youtube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it is finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner," said Tim Liston, named as "competition director." YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said that "we started YouTube in 200...

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