Gmail, Google Drive suffer global outage

Gmail and Google Drive are apparently suffering a widespread disruption, with some users complaining that they are unable to access their files or send emails with attachments.

The issue was first reported on social media at around 1pm, and complaints came in from North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. As of 2.45pm, the issues were ongoing.

On Twitter, American entrepreneur and former Googler Chris Sacca appeared to take the outage well, despite saying that his whole social and professional life is run through Gmail.

The issue apparently affects users of workplace G-Suite accounts as well as regular Google accounts, though it's unclear how total the outage is or what has caused it.  Many emails still appear to be sending and delivering as usual.

At 1.53pm, Google posted an update to its Gmail and Google Drive G-Suite status dashboards, saying it is aware users are experiencing "error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior". The company says it is investigating and will provide an update soon.

Globally, Gmail has more than 1 billion active users.

More to come.

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