Websites and apps around the world went down Tuesday 8 June 2021, including government websites such as Gov.uk, e-commerce websites like Target, and media websites like CNN, BBC and the New York Times.
The outage affected dozens of countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as South Africa.
The problem appeared to be related to an outage at Fastly, a cloud service provider, which reported a widespread failure. It says it has identified and fixed the issue but many websites continued to be unavailable for some users as of 7 a.m. ET.
The provider helps improve load times for websites and provides other services to internet sites, apps and platforms — including a large global server network.
Fastly supports news sites and apps like CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times and many others. It also provides content delivery for Twitch, Pinterest, HBO Max, Hulu, Reddit, Spotify and other services.
Major website and app outages happen from time to time and typically don’t last long — internet service providers, content delivery networks and other hosting services are built with multiple redundancies and a global network of backup servers designed to reduce disruptions when things go haywire.
Some websites still face issues despite Fastly’s fix
After cloud service provider Fastly said it had identified and fixed the issue causing the massive internet outage, many websites continued to be unavailable for some users at 7 a.m. ET.
Fastly helps improve load times for websites and provides other services to internet sites, apps and platforms — including a large global server network.
Fastly says the issue is fixed
Fastly, a major content delivery network, that reported a widespread failure, resulting in a massive internet outage around the world says the issue has been fixed.
“The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return,” the company said on its service status website.