Amazon, Spotify, Reddit and Twitch are DOWN

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‘The internet is broken!’ Hundreds of websites worldwide are DOWN – with UK government, Spotify, Netflix and Amazon all affected

  • UK government website plus Amazon, Spotify and PayPal all offline this morning
  • Millions of users around the world have reported problems opening web pages
  • Netflix, Twitch, Pinterest and British chemist Boots also hit by the outage
  • The problem is believed to come from Fastly – a content delivery network company
  • Company, which helps users view digital content faster, reported outage

What happened and why are so many websites offline?

While the reason for the internet outage remains unclear, the problem likely lies with Fastly – a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content faster.

Fastly’s technology requires it to sit between its customers and their users, meaning that if the service goes down, it can prevent those companies from operating on the internet.

In an error message posted at 10:58 AM UK time, Fastly said, “We are currently investigating the potential impact on the performance of our CDN services.”

The outage caused visitors to numerous sites to receive error messages, including ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’ and ‘Connection Failure’.

Some sites, including the UK government website, are completely down, while others, such as Twitter, have more specific errors such as not displaying emoji.

Hundreds of websites around the world are down this morning – and the UK government, Amazon, Spotify and Amazon are all experiencing problems.

Millions of users around the world have reported problems accessing web pages, with Netflix, Twitch, Pinterest and UK drugstore Boots also affected by the outage.

While the reason for the crash remains unclear, the problem likely lies with Fastly – a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content faster.

Fastly’s technology requires it to sit between its customers and their users, meaning that if the service goes down, it can prevent those companies from operating on the internet.

In an error message posted at 10:58 AM UK time, Fastly said, “We are currently investigating the potential impact on the performance of our CDN services.”

Users took to social media to express their frustrations over the outage.

One called it an ‘internet apocalypse’, while the other said ‘everything is just tucked out of nowhere’.

Another tweeted that the internet was ‘broken’.

The outage caused visitors to numerous sites to receive error messages, including ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’ and ‘Connection Failure’.

Some sites, including the UK government website, are completely down, while others, such as Twitter, have more specific errors such as not displaying emoji.

Outage tracker website DownDetector also reports outages for Squarespace, Shopify, Vimeo, Imgur, Tidal, Weightwatchers and Kickstarter.

The outage tracker site DownDetector has picked up a number of issues affecting websites including Reddit, Twitch, PayPal, Amazon and Etsy (pictured)

The outage tracker site DownDetector has picked up a number of issues affecting websites including Reddit, Twitch, PayPal, Amazon and Etsy (pictured)

In an error message posted at 10:58 AM UK time (pictured), Fastly - a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content faster - said:

In an error message posted at 10:58 AM UK time (pictured), Fastly – a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content faster – said: “We are currently investigating the potential impact on the performance of our CDN services’

Social media users complained the internet was 'broken' after this morning's troubles

Social media users complained the internet was ‘broken’ after this morning’s troubles

Users around the world are taking to social media to share their frustrations over the outage

Users around the world are taking to social media to share their frustrations over the outage

Among the reported affected websites are Twitch, Reddit and Amazon, as shown in the Tweet above

Among the reported affected websites are Twitch, Reddit and Amazon, as shown in the Tweet above

Many users encountered problems this morning when trying to access Amazon's website

Many users encountered problems this morning when trying to access Amazon’s website

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