If you had issues accessing your Gmail or watching YouTube yesterday, there was nothing wrong with your device and you are not alone. Google services were down.
On Sunday, 2nd June 2019, some Google services were affected by slowdowns and errors for several hours. The company said it was as a result of high levels of network congestion.
The problem was first noticed in the US around 4 pm local time. It was, however, unclear how and when the problem started. The issue affected Google’s cloud computing technology that is used by companies for their apps and services. The glitch also affected over ten Google services.
Google has allayed fears that the problem was not a result of any cyber attacks. The company then confirmed that they had resolved the issue for all users a few hours after.
In a statement released by Google, they said they would “conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to our systems to help prevent or minimise future recurrence.”
It was a good thing that the issue was on Sunday. It would have had a more intense effect on businesses if it was on a weekday. The issue had affected Snapchat and a text chat app for gamers, Discord, because they use Google service for their backend.
A spokesman from Google has said that the company was investigating the issue. They said, “We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening again. We sincerely apologise to those that were impacted by today’s issues.”
Earlier in 2019, YouTube also experienced high profile outages for the video service for about an hour and a half. It was later restored by the company.