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Google News, Discover Outage Affects Millions An outage affected millions of Google users on Friday, the company confirmed to Entrepreneur.

By Sherin Shibu Edited by Melissa Malamut

Key Takeaways

  • Google News and Google Discover went down on Friday, starting at 7:59 a.m. ET.
  • The outage seems to have been global, with reports flooding in from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and continental Europe.

An outage affected millions of Google users on Friday, the company confirmed to Entrepreneur.

"There was an issue that was briefly affecting some results on Google News, Discover, and other products," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "We've fixed the issue and things should be working normally now."

Down Detector noted a spike in user complaints starting at around 7:59 a.m. ET on Friday related to the Google News feed, which links to the latest stories from publications around the world.

Entrepreneur also viewed Google News as down.

The outage seems to have been global, with reports flooding in from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and continental Europe.

Some users said Google News was back up about two hours after the outage was first reported but Google Discover, a personal feed available on smartphones that shows news stories, was still not working.

As of February, Google News had about 280 million users worldwide. Google estimated in a 2022 blog post that users click from Google News and Google Search results to news sites more than 24 billion times per month.

Google News was back up and running as of press time.

Related: Site Traffic Down? Here Are the Big AI Changes Google Made to Its Search Tool

Sherin Shibu

Entrepreneur Staff

News Reporter

Sherin Shibu is a business news reporter at Entrepreneur.com. She previously worked for PCMag, Business Insider, The Messenger, and ZDNET as a reporter and copyeditor. Her areas of coverage encompass tech, business, strategy, finance, and even space. She is a Columbia University graduate.

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