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Google, YouTube down! Massive Outage Takes Millions Offline

Services from Alphabet Inc. are experiencing widespread outages around the world, preventing people from accessing Gmail, YouTube and other products.

Errors range from “something went wrong” on YouTube, to “there was an error. Please Try again later. That’s all we know,” when attempting to login to the company’s mail product. Google products were failing to load for users in New York, the U.K. and across Europe.

Outages are not uncommon for any website or provider, with companies including Google as well as Apple Inc., Inc., Microsoft Corp. and others routinely experiencing them due to temporary server errors often caused by human error. But Monday’s outage is notable for its pervasiveness across the Alphabet portfolio.

The company’s search product was functioning correctly, and third-party ads – Google’s main revenue driver – remained visible in results, suggesting advertising was unaffected.

A spokesperson for Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The website DownDetector, which collates user-reported errors on websites, mobile networks and other platforms, was showing tens of thousands of complaints around 07:00 a.m. in New York, extending to Google’s office tools such as Drive and Meet, Google Maps, and Google’s smart home products such as Nest.


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