Google confirms widespread outage affecting search engine, says it could take hours to fix

Google was experiencing a widespread service outage on Friday morning affecting its search engine, news feed and other products — and signaled it’s working on a fix.

A spike in user reports regarding services outages on Google products occurred around 8 a.m. ET, according to Down Detector, a website that tracks online outages. More than 1,000 reports were posted as of 9 am ET and originated from locations across the US.

Google confirmed it had identified an ongoing issue with serving some features in Google Search on its service dashboard, but did not provide further details or address reports of problems with other products.

We’ve identified the issue and we’re working on a fix, the company said. Next update will be within 12 hours.

The Post has reached out to Google for further comment.

The service outage prompted a wave of reaction from users on X and other platforms.

Google News being broken feels extremely ominous, journalist Louis Peitzman wrote on X.

Everything Google seems to be down – search, news, calendar, etc… one user wrote on Down Detectors forum.

News feeds are broken, another user added.

The Post has reached out to Google for further comment.

An outage would mark another headache for Google, which has scrambled to address issues related to troubled rollout of its AI-powered search engine feature, Overviews.

Critics slammed Google after AI Overviews began generating bizarre responses to user search queries, such as advising them to eat rocks or add glue to their pizza. Google said it was taking swift action to address the hiccups.

Elsewhere, Google confirmed the authenticity of thousands of documents related to its secretive search results algorithm. Some details appeared to contradict past public statements by Google regarding which factors are and are not used to calculate rankings.

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