Clogged Google servers in the eastern United States triggered problems for users of Snapchat and YouTube on Sunday, with complaints on social media that the popular apps weren’t accessible.
Google had recognized the issue, writing in a statement on its Cloud Platform status page that it was dealing with “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube.”
“Users may see slow performance or intermittent errors,” the statement said, adding that engineers had completed the first of two steps to restore normal operations.
Earlier in the day, social media users grumbled of trouble loading a slew of popular websites and apps. “Google, YouTube, Snapchat, Shopify, all currently down. Is the internet melting?” asked one Twitter post. Snapchat and Google-owned YouTube both acknowledged the server issue on their Twitter accounts.
Cloud computing is one of Google’s most lucrative services but faces stiff competition from other technology companies like Amazon and Microsoft.