Google’s Gmail Web-based email service went down Friday, also affecting other services including Google Plus, which now powers YouTube’s comments section. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) commented at 2:12 p.m. EST regarding the outage:

We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.

Google reported the outage on its Apps Status Dashboard, as users around the world began complaining about the error: Temporary Error (500). All access to Gmail is locked, preventing Web-based users from accessing their email.

Gmail Down Temporary Error 500
Gmail started giving users an error screen describing "Temporary Error 500" at around 2 p.m. EST. Photo: Google / Gmail

YouTube Comments Down Gmail Google Services YouTube comments are down likely due to the Google Plus outage. Google's social network powers the video network. Photo: YouTube

Users accessing Gmail on mobile devices such as Android or iPhone are unable to send or receive emails, but can view messages in their inbox. Gmail may be briefly accessible, but the sending and receiving of messages is impaired for most users. More information on the Gmail outage as it develops.

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