YouTube’s search bar was spacing out in many web browsers today

YouTube’s search bar was spacing out in many web browsers today

This was a strange one depending on the type of browser that you’ are using, your space bar may not have worked in the YouTube.com search bar for a little while today. Pressing the spacebar button would make absolutely nothing happen, so your YouTube searches ended up being one long string of words. Thia is surely a bug and the bug seemed to be around for an hour, based on when people started sounding off about it on other platforms.

The bug affected the desktop site, but only browsers that aren’t based on Chrome. Firefox wouldn’t take spaces in Windows, macOS, or even Android if you requested the desktop version of the website. Safari on iPhones worked as normal, but the problems showed up on Safari on iPad — probably because iPads request the desktop site, too. Asking for the mobile version immediately fixed it there, and requesting the desktop site on an iPhone immediately broke spaces.


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The good news is that the bug did not affect the search results — it’s very good at understanding your intent even on long, relatively obscure searches with a bunch of words smashed together.

There was also another, way more annoying bug: if you were trying to watch a video and type in the search bar at the same time, your keystrokes would end up acting as shortcuts. Pressing the space bar wouldn’t do anything in the search bar, but it would pause your video. Your “T” might show up in the search bar, but it also switched my video into theater mode. This issue is also fixed.
YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the issue now appears to be fixed.

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