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For a few minutes, Google’s search results were pretty broken

An illustration of the Google logo.
Illustration: The Verge

For a little bit on Tuesday evening, if you tried search for something on Google, your search results may not have looked quite right: the actual list of blue links was missing. In searches I did while the issue was happening, I would see things like the Top Stories box and the info box on the side, but list of links just wasn’t there.

It wasn’t only me, either. There were nearly 20,000 reports of issues on Downdetector, and I saw lots of people reporting problems on Twitter, too.

Google confirmed that something briefly went wrong in a statement to The Verge. “There was a very brief issue affecting the availability of results for some searches, limited to the Americas region, and it was quickly addressed,” spokesperson Lara Levin said.


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