YouTube, Snapchat, other services down Sunday due to eastern U.S. congestion

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Google Cloud is the company's hosting platform, similar to Amazon's Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure.

Why? Google's Cloud Service, which powers a number of other applications, had an outage.

Widely used services such as YouTube and Snapchat were also down in the affected regions, which appeared to include parts of the Northeast and Europe.

Downdetector.com, which monitors network issues, showed widespread issues for the East Coast of the United States as well as in parts of Europe for YouTube and Gmail.

According to Google's own Status Dashboard, a greater half of the tech giant's services are down - and the situation actually got worse recently, with only Google+ and Google Cloud Search listed as working properly.

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The outage is a black eye for Google's attempts to portray itself as the most reliable cloud computing service during its Google Cloud Next event in April.

In a statement to CNET, Google acknowledged the outage and blamed the issue on network congestion. The US has been apparently affected the most, according to user reports.

'We are experiencing high levels of network congestion in the eastern U.S., affecting multiple service in Google Cloud, GSuite and YouTube, ' the company said. In the most recent update at 4:58 p.m. CT, the company said its engineering teams are working to fix the issue and are expecting return to normal service soon.

Originally published at 1:20 p.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Google and background on Google Cloud. "We will provide an update at 16:00 US/Pacific". We believe we have identified the root cause of the congestion and expect to a return to normal service shortly.

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