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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion. YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

YouTube, LLC
The YouTube logo is made of "You" written in black and "Tube" written in white inside a red round-rectangular box.
Type of business Subsidiary
Type of site
Video hosting service
Founded February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14)
Headquarters 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California, United States
Coordinates 37°37′41″N 122°25′35″W / 37.628101°N 122.426424°W / 37.628101; -122.426424Coordinates: 37°37′41″N 122°25′35″W / 37.628101°N 122.426424°W / 37.628101; -122.426424
Area served Worldwide (except blocked countries)
Owner Alphabet Inc.
Founder(s)
Key people Susan Wojcicki (CEO)
Chad Hurley (Adviser)
Industry Internet
Video hosting service
Parent Google (2006–present)
Slogan(s) Broadcast Yourself (2005–2012)
Website YouTube.com
(see list of localized domain names)
Alexa rank Steady 2 (December 2016)
Advertising Google AdSense
Registration Optional (not required to watch most videos; required for certain tasks such as uploading videos, viewing flagged (18+) videos, creating playlists, and posting comments)
Launched February 14, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-02-14)
Current status Active
Content license
Uploader holds copyright (standard license); Creative Commons can be selected.
Written in Java, Python and proprietary JavaScript

YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion. YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can watch videos on the site, but registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially offensive are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old. In July 2016, the website was ranked as the second most popular site by Alexa Internet, a web traffic analysis company.

YouTube earns advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Red, a subscription service offering ad-free access to the website and access to exclusive content made in partnership with existing users.