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Google Down, While Blockchain Networks Remain Online

Google Down, While Blockchain Networks Remain Online
  • On December 14, various Google services have abruptly gone down in different parts of the world.
  • Thousands of concerned users flocked to Twitter, where hashtags such as #YouTubeDOWN, #GoogleDown, and #GmailDown have already begun to trend.
  • Gemini crypto exchange Founder Tyler Winklevoss responded by saying “Bitcoin is still fully functioning.”

Many people are now pointing out how superior blockchain technology is after what happened to Google on December 14.

During the said day, various Google services have abruptly gone down in different parts of the world. The affected services are Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Play, Maps, Hangouts, Duo, Drive, and more. According to users, these apps were down for at least an hour.

DownDetector also confirmed the issue, recording about 51,700 reports at its peak.

Thousands of concerned users flocked to Twitter, where hashtags such as #YouTubeDOWN, #GoogleDown, and #GmailDown have already begun to trend.

Google has not publicly acknowledged the situation as of yet, but YouTube’s Twitter page said:

We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We’ll update you here as soon as we have more news.

Meanwhile, Gemini crypto exchange Founder Tyler Winklevoss responded by saying “Bitcoin is still fully functioning.”

Contrary to centralized servers, blockchain-based networks such as Bitcoin do not have a central point of failure. This is what blockchain advocates have been saying since the beginning.

Centralized servers — including Google — have always been vulnerable to this type of risk. For the rest of the world that depends on much of its services and processes on Google, a service outage experienced during this day is nothing short of catastrophic.

This is not the first time that Google experienced some down time this year. On August 20, Google users also experienced some difficulty for at least 6 hours. While the issue has been resolved, others including Winklevoss might argue that Google would have to come up with a fail-proof network similar to what blockchain offers.

Jesus is the Senior Editor of CoinQuora. He's been following the crypto space since 2016, and may possibly do so indefinitely. He covers various blockchain-based developments and crypto market trends.