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Google Drive goes down and social media erupts with worldwide office chaos

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oogle Drive went offline on Thursday afternoon leaving millions of businesses unable to function.

The server for Google’s office tools section started having problems at around 3pm BST, affecting users in the UK, Europe, US and South America.

Map showing where Google Drive was down
The red areas indicate Google Drive outages at 4:45pm BST on Thursday CREDIT: DOWN DETECTOR

Google said: “There is a known service disruption. You can stay updated with the Apps Status Dashboard.”

It is unclear what has caused the problem with the hugely popular file creation and sharing service.

Down Detector, a site that monitors internet outages, reported hundreds of incidents. Its live map showed problems in countries across the world including the UK, France, the US, Brasil and India.

Google Drive is home to tools that are regularly used in offices, including text, spreadsheet and slide show editors.

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