Adult Website Reports Boom During YouTube Outage

October 17, 2018 - 4:56 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) –  The Tuesday evening YouTube outage apparently sent some users – well, millions of users -- to another digital domain: the adults-only website Pornhub.

YouTube -- the usually omnipresent holding pen for wacky animal videos, film trailers and clips of all kinds -- was widely reported to be down for at least an hour, beginning around 8:30 p.m. Chicago time.

During the blackout, Pornhub tells digital-industry website Mashable, its own traffic spiked by 21 percent over daily averages for that time period.

"Traffic to Pornhub surged during the outage," Pornhub said in a blog. "That’s a significant increase by millions of additional viewers during Pornhub’s peak evening hours."

YouTube offered little explanation about what caused the outage Tuesday night.

Search-engine inquiries for certain words also surged during the YouTube outage. Searches for the name of adult-film actress "Stormy Daniels," for example, were up 161 percent, Pornhub said.