YouTube, Google Docs, Gmail are back online after global outage

NETIZENS experienced technical difficulties while attempting to access their online Google applications.

Users of YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs, and more all reported issues with the services.


Online users were met with technical errors stemming from difficulties with Google and its apps

Is Google down?

According to DownDectector, problems regarding Google started at around 2.30am GMT on the morning of August 9, 2022.

Over 40,000 users reported problems with the search engine.

Reports from the website state that about 80 percent of users complained of issues with search, while another 19 percent had problems with the website as a whole. 

Users went to Twitter to talk about the issues.

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“Had a Google search engine error for the first time ever,” wrote one person. “The engine was totally down. It’s so rare the first thing I did was come to Twitter to see if anything major is going on with the web.”

“Is @Google really down right now?!? Or is this just a me problem?” wrote another.”

It’s not yet clear what caused the sudden outage.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, also wouldn’t load for many users.

The problems persisting are similar to the reports that occurred on December 14, 2020.

At one point almost 70,000 people were reporting YouTube was down on DownDector’s site.

A further 40,000 were all reporting problems with Gmail to DownDetector at the same time.

One confused user tweeted: “And it looks like Google is back up and running? What the heck happened?”.

Netizens complained off an "error 500" message appearing multiple times


Netizens complained off an “error 500” message appearing multiple times

Those reports seem to be tailing off now.

Europe had the most reports of an outage and that’s why the map shows a large red spot over the area.

Teachers complained they couldn’t continue to teach lessons and many office workers couldn’t access their Google Docs as they work from home.

One teacher tweeted: “I’m a teacher.. all of gmail is down. Google classroom down. This seems like the end of the world in the education world lol”.

Of course, lots of people saw it as a chance to post some funny memes and rejoice at the fact they didn’t have to work.

One user even compared Google’s return to a dramatic scene in the movie Black Panther.

At the time, a Google spokesperson told The Sun: “Today, at 3.47AM PT Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue.

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“Services requiring users to log in experienced high error rates during this period. The authentication system issue was resolved at 4:32AM PT.

“All services are now restored. We apologise to everyone affected, and we will conduct a thorough follow up review to ensure this problem cannot recur in the future.”

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