Millions of users across the world were left without email access yesterday
Millions of Gmail users across the globe could not access their emails yesterday after a widespread outage of the webmail service. Google reported that less than two per cent of their customers were affected by the service shut down which translates to approximately 5.25 million people. The company have not explained why the service was disrupted for over an hour yesterday. Some customers were unable to read, send or receive emails between 12.42pm and 1.46pm EST on Tuesday. Thousands of Gmail users from countries including the U.S., France, Canada, Spain, and the U.K. took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their fury at the inconvenience. Even pop sensation Justin Bieber was put out by Gmail’s outage, as he tweeted: ‘#CantSayNo to fans ‘I #makeapromise to talk to them and my #Gmail is down so add me on Facebook.’ The glitch appeared to be fixed shortly after an hour after it went down. ‘The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better,’ Google said in a statement.