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Google Claims YouTube Will Be Shut Down in April Fool's Day Video

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In light of April Fool’s Day, Google released a YouTube clip on Sunday saying the site would be shut down at midnight.

The video was a montage of clips from viral video stars and explained that approximately 30,000 technicians would be sorting through nearly 150,000 clips to select the world’s best video.

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The gag video claimed that the winner was supposedly going to win a $500 stipend, a clip-on MP3 player and would become the only video to be found on YouTube when the website relaunches in 2023.

“Gangnam Style has the same chance of winning as a video with 40 views of a man feeding bread to a duck,” YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said about the fake competition.

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The video took on a humorous tone with judges hotly debating about the merit of “Citizen Kane” clips to “epic skateboard fail videos.” Although to most it was apparent that the video was a joke, various YouTube viewers expressed concern, sadness and shock in the video’s comments. 

Sources: Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter