Google back online after users reported a brief outage

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Google back online after users reported a brief outage

The entrance to Google’s UK offices in London.

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Google was briefly down on Tuesday, with users in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore and elsewhere reporting issues with the search engine, which is owned by Alphabet.

DownDetector.com confirmed that the website was “having problems.”

At its peak in the US, more than 40,000 people reported that Google wasn’t working. The figure quickly fell, and has stayed below 100 since around 2 am ET.

“We’re aware of a software update issue that occurred late this afternoon Pacific Time and briefly affected availability of Google Search and Maps, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” Google said in a statement.

“We worked to quickly address the issue and our services are now back online.”

Google was trending on Twitter briefly, with many users using the hashtag #GoogleDown.

Some posted screenshots of error messages and others joked about trying to search on Google to check if the search engine was down.

— CNBC’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report.