Google, Spotify and Snapchat down as people ask if ‘the internet is broken’

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Spotify and Snapchat are currently down with complaints from Google users flooding the internet as they struggle to use its Cloud and Docs functions.

The problem appears to have started with Google Cloud, and the service’s status page does say that the company is "experiencing an issue with Cloud Networking," and that it started today at 09:53 US/Pacific time.

A significant number of users have reported outages on DownDetector with one saying: "Apparently, the whole internet is down?" accompanied by an image of all the sites affected.

Social Blade tweeted: "Looks like this is an issue with our hosting provider, @googlecloud . Spotify and others seem to be having the same issue right now as well. Hopefully they can resolve this quickly."

Google, Spotify, Discord, PlayStation, Snapchat and even Etsy are said to have been hit.

In 2019, Google announced the acquisition of the Swedish music streaming service Spotify, which is reportedly showing a Google 404 error.

Sam Curry added: "Spotify, Discord, Nest, and a bunch of stuff is down. The interesting thing is that Nest and Spotify are returning Google 404 errors."

Google released a short statement on their Cloud Status dashboard, saying that there are indeed issues – but no workaround yet.

The update read: "We are experiencing an issue with Cloud Networking beginning at Tuesday, 2021-11-16 09:53 US/Pacific.

"Our engineering team continues to investigate the issue.

"We will provide an update by Tuesday, 2021-11-16 10:40 US/Pacific with current details.

"We apologize to all who are affected by the disruption."

The "diagnosis," they said, was that: "Customers may encounter 404 errors when accessing web pages."

"Workaround: None at this time," the statement ended.

"Appears the internet is broken," quipped another person online. Throngs of companies also took to the site to mitigate the issue, with Spotify saying that it is "aware" of the issues.

"We’re aware of some issues right now and are checking them out! We’ll keep you posted," the company said.

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