Google down! Chaos for workers as Hangouts, Drive and Gmail stop working


Google down! Chaos for workers as Hangouts, Drive and Gmail stop working

Google Hangouts, Doordash, Nest, Drive and Gmail are all affected.

There are also reports that YouTube, the popular video sharing site owned by Google, has also been experiencing technical difficulties.

Users attempting to access certain Google services have been met with an error message saying: “The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

“Please try again in 30 seconds. That’s all we know.”

According to Downdetector, a website which notes when services go offline, the majority of those reporting issues are in North America and east Asia.

There are also clusters of people reporting problems in South America, Australia and New Zealand.  

According to technology site Gizmodo the trouble began at about 9pm EDT (2am BST).

Referring to Google services the site reports: “Some, such as Gmail, were taking significantly more time to load while other services like Google’s Play Store and Calendar seemed to be on an endless boot-up loop and wouldn’t load at all.”

Many Google customers took to social media to express their frustration.

Gracie, a student at Boston College in the US, tweeted a picture a crying cartoon.

She accompanied this with the caption: “When google docs is down and you lost your whole essay so you go to email your professor that you might not be able to turn it in but gmail is also down.”

Another Twitter user commented: “What else could go wrong. Gmail, Google Drive, all down.

“Looks like it’s down worldwide? Thanks 2020.”

A third posted a picture of a man with his head in his hands and the caption: “Google classroom down and I haven’t done my work.”

When contacted by the New York Times Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More to follow…

Published at Fri, 25 Sep 2020 02:23:00 +0000


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