Hundreds of websites worldwide are DOWN

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‘The internet is broken!’ Hundreds of websites worldwide, including CNN, NYTimes, Amazon and Reddit, are DOWN after an outage at US cloud service company Fastly

  • Amazon, Spotify and PayPal all shut down this morning
  • Millions of users around the world have reported problems opening web pages
  • 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 at 5.58AM EST, 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’.

Hundreds of websites worldwide are down this morning – with Amazon, Spotify and Amazon all experiencing problems.

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

New York Times, CNN, Twitch, Reddit also crashed.

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 at 5.58 EST, 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’.

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 at 5.58AM EST (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'

In an error message at 5.58AM EST (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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