Video: YouTube Is Shutting Down Tonight (Just Kidding)

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On April Fool's Day, YouTube announced it would be shutting down after eight years, stating that the site was only built for a contest and they will now go through every single video to find a "winner."

But like every other unbelievable thing that happened on the first of April, it was a joke.

They came together with The Onion to create the convincing video that had many people fooled.

"We are so close to the end," Tom Liston, communications director at YouTube, said. "Tonight at midnight, will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it's finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner."

Some famous YouTube stars made appearances in the video, including Antoine Dodson, David After Dentist and Charlie and his brother from the "Charlie Bit my Finger" video. 

"We are all storytellers - that is what pulled me into this contest," Dodson said. He made the video  called "Bed Intruder."

"I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight."

For many, the video became too hard to believe when they said they were going to review every single video ever uploaded to the site. They said it would take 10 years, and the winner would be announced in 2023. 

Once the winner is announced, they would put the site back online but only feature the winning video.

They even added a live stream, which started at noon, to feature two presenters announcing the "Best Video" nominees. It ran on the site for 12 hours. 

The site is known for pulling pranks on April Fool's day. In 2011, the company made fake viral videos from 100 years ago. Last year, they said you can order all of the videos ever uploaded on DVD.

In 2008, when the company was just starting to do pranks, they had every video lead to a Rick Roll.

Sources: Mashable, ABC News