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YouTube announces shutdown in April Fools' jape, says it was just a contest

YouTube announces shutdown, says it was all just 'a big contest'
Happy April Fools' Day from YouTube

YouTube released a video on Sunday claiming it would be shutting down after 8-years and, from April 1, would no-longer be accepting video submissions from users.

Of course, it was all just an April Fools' Day trick - the fruit of a hook-up with the guys at The Onion - but it's probably the best of the millions of japes you'll be subjected to today.

During the clip, the sharing site claimed it had almost fulfilled its founding MO - to find the best home video on the internet - and would now begin the decade-long process of picking an overall winner.

Check out the video below for some all-star cameos, including Harry and his finger-munching brother Charlie. They grow up so fast don't they?

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Via Mashable