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NYT, BBC, CNN, Amazon, UK govt sites temporarily went down in major global outage

Several news, e-commerce, social media, and government websites went offline due to a major global outage at the content delivery network or CDN provider Fastly’s end. The sites were nearly down for over an hour and are running now.

Some of the leading global media outlets such as the New York Times, the BBC, Vice, the Guardian, CNN, and BuzzFeed News were rendered inaccessible. 

E-commerce platforms like Amazon.com, social media sites like Reddit and even government websites like the UK government’s were inaccessible. 

These were just some of the major websites that Entrackr found were down at the time of publishing, but there could have been many more impacted sites.

Before being fixed, the error that showed up upon visiting these sites was common (screenshot below). 

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It appears that the outage was caused due to an outage at content delivery network or CDN provider Fastly. According to Fastly’s status page, the issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. “Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return,” the status page reads. 

“We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our POPs [Points of Presence] globally and have disabled that configuration. Our global network is coming back online,” Fastly said on Twitter.

This is a developing story…

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