Confusion as Google, Gmail, Youtube crash

Hundreds of millions of people around the world were thrown into disarray today as the entirety of the Google-owned family of apps crashed worldwide.

The outage affected all of the Google apps and websites, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Maps and YouTube as well as the main search engine.

Google’s websites are some of the most popular in the world, with video-streaming site YouTube frequented by more than two billion people every month.

Gmail meanwhile is the world’s most popular email platform with 1.5 billion users.

Google said in a statement that the problems affected ‘the majority’ of each services’ users, but did not provide an exact number.

Jake Moore, cybersecurity specialist at ESET, told MailOnline: ‘Outages like this are quite rare and when they do occur, they can cause a huge amount of chaos to millions.

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