The outage now appears to have been fully resolved, though we're still awaiting an official postmortem from Google on exactly what went wrong. We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening again. Google status pages showed that two of the company's major internal backbone engines, Cloud Service and Compute Engine, were "reporting issues".
Now not all YouTube users are experiencing the issue but reports are starting to flood in about the outage both from our readers and on Reddit. The company says that the issues have since been resolved.
Cord Cutters News is reaching out to Google for comment and will update this story as we learn more.
Apparently, Snapchat users are still getting notifications when they get snaps, but are unable to open the app and view the content.
Another user said it affected his baby monitors.
Although the outages were largely centred around the Eastern Seaboard, some services that radiate out from there were borked further afield, with complaints about YouTube and Snapchat particularly widespread. An hour later, the company reported high levels of network congestion in the eastern United States of America affecting most of Google's cloud services including G Suite and YouTube with slow performance or intermittent errors.
Most of the outages were reported along the USA northeast coast, but many users in southern California, South America and Europe reported the site being down as well.