Google services back online after widespread outage2020-12-14 11:45 by Daniela
Tags: outage, Gmail, YouTube
Multiple Google services and websites including YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant, and Google Docs were down for around an hour on Monday morning after being hit with a widespread outage. The outage also made Google Classroom temporarily unavailable, preventing many students learning remotely from accessing their classes. Google search was not affected.
Google acknowledged the issues with Gmail, affecting both its business and personal services, at 6:55AM ET, and said the problem was fixed for the "vast majority" of users at 7:52AM ET. Identical notices were posted across the status pages for the rest of Google's services.
The cause of the outage is as yet unclear, but Google will be likely be keen to get to the root of the problem to prevent a repeat of the situation.
This issue showcases a potential overreliance on Google products in the age of remote working. Google offers a massively diverse array of products, many of which involve communicating over the internet. But a problem with Google's servers (if that's what this is) means all of its apps are useless.
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