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Youtube is a online video sharing platform.[1]

On Youtube, users can publish and view video files and also provide comments and ratings.[2]

The website was founded in February 2005 by three former PayPal workers: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim.[3] It was acquired by Google for $1.7 billion in 2006. The ongoing desire for profitability resulted in the use of increased advertising mechanisms and deals with companies to show more videos made by professionals.[4]

By 2008, YouTube was already among the top ten most visited websites worldwide.[5]

As of September 2020, Youtube is the 2nd most visited website globally according to Alexa Rank.[6]