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Gmail, YouTube hit with global blackout

Posted by Andile Sicetsha

If you were hoping to catch up with your Gmail messages or even tune into your favourite YouTube channel, you are one of the millions of users who’ve been hit with error messages.

Why is Gmail down?

It is still unclear what caused the downing of Google’s servers, at this time. According to a server status update from G-Suite, the problem with Gmail was affecting “a majority of users.”

“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 12/14/20, 2:12 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change,” G-Suite technicians wrote in a status update.

What other Google product is down?


At the time this article was published, YouTube had returned to full service.

Google Meet

At first, Google Meet was also experiencing issues. Users reported an error 500 notice when visiting the page. This, according to a generic search, is an internal server error which “indicates that the server encountered an unexpected condition that prevented it from fulfilling the request.”

At the time of publishing this article, the virtual comms site was back up and running.

Google Maps

Google Maps seems to be back up and running.

YouTube Music

YouTube Music is back up and running.