NEW YORK, ( TheStreet) - Google's popular YouTube's homepage was down briefly Thursday though videos on the site were still available through other routes. Users early Thursday saw a blank page with a service unavailable message instead of the usual YouTube greeting page. But individual videos were available through YouTube.
The outage comes a day after parent Google suffered a "bug" on its executive bio pages. The text next to executive photos was written in Chinese characters for a short time Wednesday. Google said the problem was not a hack of its site, but referred to it as a bug, according to the Guardian. The bug and now the down YouTube homepage don't appear to have any direct connection to Google's decision Monday to redirect its search traffic in China to Hong Kong. However, observers are naturally concerned that Google's high-profile political stance against censorship will cause a backlash and possible interruptions to its operations. Google shares were up $3.11 to $560.44 in premarket trading Thursday. --Written by Scott Moritz in New York.