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Google Down: Gmail, YouTube, Docs, other services broken amid major outage

Multiple Google services including YouTube, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Play, Google Assistant seem to be witnessing outages in India and several parts of the world.

Downdetector, a website that provides an overview of outages across several Internet services, is indicating major spikes for several of Google’s offerings starting 5 pm India standard time.

In what comes as a major outage for the tech giant, most Google services — including Gmail and YouTube — stopped working on Monday (December 14) evening.

Gmail users found themselves being greeted with a “Temporary Error” message.

It stated: « We’re sorry, but your account is temporarily unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes.

On YouTube and Google Drive, an error with the message: « Something went wrong… » was being displayed to users.

Google Down: Gmail, YouTube, Docs, other services broken amid major outage

According to website health tracker Downdetector, users around the world are experiencing the problem, which peaked around 5 PM.

The list of services affected by the widespread outage seems to be, according to priliminary reports — YouTube, Gmail, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Docs, and YouTube TV, among other services.

As on the time of writing, Google is yet to officially respond, however, the status page for its services seem to have acknowledged the issue. In the case of Gmail, the status page displayed the message:

« We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access Gmail. We will provide an update by 14/12/2020 17:42 detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change. »

This is a developing story. Further details are to be updated.


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