YOUTUBE, GMAIL, AND OTHER MAJOR GOOGLE SERVICES AFFECTED BY WIDESPREAD OUTAGE

 

By Chinua Okafor

Have you ever loved to live in a world with no internet well I think you just had your chance to experience it, as we know several services and websites provided by Google as well as YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant, and Google Docs were offline for around an hour on Monday morning because of a prevalent outage?.

Google admitted that they were having issues with Gmail, disturbing both its commercial and personal services, this occurred at 12:55 PM WAT and said the issue was resolved for a “vast majority” of users at 1:52 PM WAT. Matching announcements were made across the status pages for the rest of Google’s services.

This in turn quickly sparked a lot of posts on Twitter after users couldn’t utilize Google’s basic services, giving birth to the trending hashtag “#YouTubeDOWN”.At its apex point, the status page for Google’s services were all marked red, to show that they were all affected by an outage. However, all services were marked green again signifying that they are back online.

The whole world's dependence on Google is something that cannot be disputed, some users were able to access YouTube but only with the aid of incognito browsing without signing in with their email addresses.

Even some smart home gadgets that work on par with Google assistant were malfunctioning due to this very reason.

Third-party apps and services like PokemonGo which are backed by Google were also affected.

But despite the widespread outage, its core search function continued and third party Ads were still served and coming up in results.

We verified that services experienced issues in the US, UK, Netherlands, and Japan, and DownDetector’s outage reports spanned the globe. It's clear that the outage swept across the world.

As of now 9:45 PM WAT December 14th, 2020, all issues are resolved now and servers seem to be back online.

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