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YouTube experiences blackout during key World Cup game

YouTube experienced a blackout in the midst of the England vs. Croatia World Cup soccer match earlier this week.

The semi-final clash was being screened live on the platform to viewers in the US, but as the tension-filled game was developing, the service cut out and avid fans were left wondering what was happening in Moscow, where the match was being played.

YouTube - which resumed its broadcast following the half-hour blackout - subsequently said: "And we're back! Enjoy the rest of #ENGCRO by going to .

"We are so sorry about the service interruption and we understand your frustration. If you continue to experience issues let @TeamYouTube know. (sic)"

YouTube TV was launched by Google in April 2017, but has experienced technical issues in the past, which has included an NBA game being disrupted in May.

Meanwhile, YouTube recently announced the launch of its new Copyright Match tool to help creators find stolen videos on the streaming service.

The latest update has been launched with the goal of helping content creators on the website protect their material, and give them control if any issues do arise.

Every time a video is uploaded, the service will scan and check to see if the content already exists, or if it's very similar to other complete videos - not clips - on the site.

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