Google suffered major outages with its Cloud Platform on Sunday, causing widespread access issues with both its own services and third party apps ranging from Snapchat to Discord.
As of early Sunday evening, issues had persisted for hours; according to the Google Cloud Status Dashboard, the outages began at roughly 3:25 p.m. ET and were related to “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA.” Outage-tracking service Down Detector indicated that access to YouTube was severely disrupted across the country, with the northeastern U.S. particularly having a rough go of it. Finally, the G Suite Status Dashboard listed virtually every one of its cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools—including Gmail, Drive, Docs, Hangouts, and Voice—as experiencing service outages. Amazingly enough, largely defunct social network Google+ was listed as experiencing no issues.
As the Verge noted, third-party services Discord, Snapchat, and Vimeo all use Google Cloud in their backends, with the outages preventing users from logging in. (However, issues were far from universal, with some users reporting no impact at all.)