Google services, Gmail, YouTube back up and running after widespread outage

A 3D printed Google logo is seen in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

Google and several of its services were down for thousands of users worldwide on Monday.

Users of YouTube, Gmail and Google Docs reported issues with the sites early Monday morning.

The services appeared to be restored shortly before 8 a.m. ET. It’s not clear what caused the sudden outage.

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Google’s page dedicated to the performance statuses of its services shows the outage started shortly before 7 a.m. ET.

During the outage, YouTube, which is owned by Google, was not loading. Many users took to social media to report error messages and crashed pages.

“We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it,” the video platform said in a tweet.

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“We’ll update you here as soon as we have more news.”

“The problem with Gmail should be resolved for the vast majority of affected users,” said Google’s parent company, Alphabet, at 7:52 a.m., as reported by the Associated Press.

“We will continue to work towards restoring service for the remaining affected users.”

According to outage monitoring website DownDetector, more than 12,000 YouTube users were affected in various parts of the world, including the United States, Britain and India.

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— with files from Reuters

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