There was a massive global web outage this morning, shutting down popular sites including Amazon, Twitch, and Reddit. The outages began around 5:30 a.m. ET, affecting a large number of sites. The Fastly content delivery network (CDN) was the source of the problems, which lasted for more than an hour.
Major news sites like CNN, The New York Times, the guard, and the Financial times were also affected. The edge was also offline for over an hour, forcing us to go to Google Docs to share the news of the outage with readers.
Large parts of the internet are offline, including The Verge. Until we get back, we’ll be reporting live from Google Docs. Here’s what we know about the outage so far: https://t.co/4b1p2qhYif
— The Edge (@verge) June 8, 2021
The problems also hit UK government websites, so UK citizens were unable to renew passports, apply for tax credits or get driving licenses during the outage.
Fastly did not fully respond to the issues other than a error message on the company status page. “The issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented,” Fastly said at 6:44 a.m. ET.