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From Subrat Patnaik
(Reuters) – Thousands of government, news, and social media websites around the world came back online Tuesday after experiencing a widespread hour-long outage related to U.S. cloud company Fastly (NYSE 🙂 Inc.
High-traffic sites like Reddit, Amazon (NASDAQ :), CNN, Paypal, Spotify (NYSE :), Al Jazeera Media Network, and the New York Times were down, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. They came back up after failures of a few minutes to an hour.
Fastly, one of the world’s most popular cloud-based content delivery network providers, said, “The problem has been identified and a solution has been applied.
The company, which went public in 2019 and has a market capitalization of more than $ 5 billion, is far smaller than competitors like Amazon’s AWS. It helps websites move content on less congested routes so that it reaches consumers faster.[nL2N2NQ0TE]
The UK Attorney General previously tweeted that the country’s main website, gov.uk, was down and posted an email for questions.
The disruption may have caused problems for citizens booking COVID-19 vaccinations or reporting test results, the Financial Times reported.
Fastly’s website said most of its coverage areas were experiencing “degraded performance”. Error messages on several websites pointed to Fastly problems.
Websites operated by news outlets such as the Financial Times, Guardian, and Bloomberg News have also been hit by outages.
News publishers have come up with inventive workarounds to cover the widespread outage when their websites failed to load.
Popular tech website The Verge reached out to Google (NASDAQ 🙂 Docs for updates, while the UK tech editor at the Guardian started a Twitter thread to cover the issues.
At the beginning of the outage, nearly 21,000 Reddit users reported problems with the social media platform, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to Downdetector.com.
Twitter users quickly jumped on the global outage and created the hashtag #InternetShutdown with the official handle from KITKAT, telling followers: “Guess (NYSE 🙂 it’s time for a break.”
“We were offline for a few minutes because the entire internet crashed,” tweeted Jitse Groen, managing director of the food delivery group Just Eat Takeaway.com.
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