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Google, YouTube report massive worldwide outages

Google products stopped working for at least half an hour on Monday morning.

Dec 14, 2020, 7:03 am*

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Google faced a massive, as-yet-unexplained outage on Monday morning, with users unable to visit YouTube or Gmail, or use other Google-affiliated products like Google Home and Google Nest.

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People are reporting issues in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and South America. In other words, it's a major worldwide outage. Google hasn't provided any explanation yet, but YouTube acknowledged the problem on Twitter, announcing that "our team is aware and looking into it." As of 7:45am ET, it seems like Google platforms have mostly returned to normal functionality.

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DownDetector, a site that reports technical issues on popular websites, also briefly reported a problem with Discord, but this outage may not have been connected to Google.

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This widespread outage highlights how central Google has become to modern internet usage. It also raises concerns about smart home devices like Google Nest. As a result of Google's technical issues, some people reported real-world glitches like lights being switched off or on because they're controlled by Google Home.

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*First Published: Dec 14, 2020, 7:01 am