Several services that Alphabet Inc’s Google provides were down for thousands of users on Monday, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com.
There were more than 40,000 incidents of people reporting issues with the world’s largest search engine, according to Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform.
Google search was not the only service impacted. The outage also affected many other Google products such as YouTube, Google Photos, Google Maps, Google Drive, and Duo. The benefits appear to be back online now.
Google has several redundancies in place, which ensure that Google’s services never go offline, not for an extended period at least. In this regard, the outage that Google’s servers faced is rare. Whenever users feel that “the internet is down,” it is usually some distribution service that may be acting up. Rarely do we see Google showing the “500 error?”
People took to Twitter not only to verify whether the outage was, in fact, a global one but also to share some hilarious memes.
Google, meanwhile, is yet to release a statement as to why their services were showing the “500 error” and what made their servers go down.