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01 Apr 2013, 2:11 am

VIDEO-sharing site YouTube has released a video declaring it is shutting down and will no longer be accepting videos.

The video coincides - not surprisingly - with April Fools' Day.

The company teamed with satirical news site The Onion to create a the three-and-half-minute clip, titles YouTube's ready to select a winner, which explains how the site was set up as part of a contest to find the best home video on the Internet, Mashable reports.

"We are so close to the end," Tom Liston, communications director at YouTube, said in the video.

"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."

The video explains how a cast of jusges will then spend the next 10 years judging the thousands of clips uploaded in the past eight years to choose a winner.

There follows a series of cameos from YouTube luminaries, including Antoine Dodson, David After Dentist and Charlie and his brother (from the video "Charlie Bit My Finger" video), who are all in on the joke.

YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said that ``we started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with a simple goal: to find the best video in the world.''

Users have uploaded more than 70 hours every minute to the site, YouTube estimated.

"I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight,'' said Antoine Dodson, who became an internet sensation when a musical version of his 2010 TV interview about a house intrusion was posted on YouTube
"Distinguished'' film critics, YouTube celebrities and some of the site's "`most prolific'' commentators are on the judges' panel, according to Liston.

The Google-owned online video sharing venue said less than two weeks ago that more than a billion people now use YouTube each month, with viewing on smartphones helping drive growth.

The YouTube team noted that nearly one out of every two people on the internet visits the website, which has grown into a global hit since its launch.

Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $US1.65 billion and has yet to disclose whether the service has turned a profit.

YouTube has gradually added professional content, such as full-length television shows and movies to its vast trove of amateur video offerings in a bid to attract advertisers.

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01 Apr 2013, 2:18 pm

Oh, those silly pranksters. lol :lmao: