Google, gmail, youtube outage Monday 14th December


Publishing Date: Dec 14, 2020

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Google is the world's largest search engine. The firm also offers the Gmail e-mail service, the video hosting platform YouTube, Google maps, Google Talk and the Google+ social network.

Just before 12.00pm GMT Google, Gmail, YouTube and other Google applications suffered a global outage. Error 500 was quoted indicating server issues with YouTube.




The BBC reported the outage, confirming users could still access their online accounts by using incognito mode:

Despite the widespread outage, Google's service dashboard initially showed no errors – before switching to red status across all services.

“We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access Gmail,” the statement said, with the word “Gmail” replaced by other services.

The cause of the problem is unclear. However, during it, users were still able to access the websites' landing pages in “incognito mode”, which does not store a log of the users' browsing activity.

As the services began to come back online after around 45 minutes, the regional user-centres continued to report errors to DownDetector. London seemingly the hardest hit in Europe. New York and Moscow also reporting major issues.

Global outage reports as Goggle suffers server issues


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