Internet outage in many parts of the world, as a private content delivery network goes down — Amazon, Reddit, CNN and many others affected

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Internet outage in many parts of the world, as a private content delivery network goes down — Amazon, Reddit, CNN and many others affected
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  • A large chunk of the internet is facing a major outage.
  • The outage has swept big websites like Reddit, Twitch, Amazon, and news publications like CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian and more.
  • The outage is said to be due to a fault at Fastly’s end.
A global outage to internet service provider Fastly is affecting a huge chunk of the internet. Some major websites including Amazon, Reddit, Twitch, news websites CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Verge are either completely offline or working with limited capacity as of 4:10 p.m., India time.


According to Downdetector.com, the website that tracks internet outages, it appears that San Francisco-based Fastly is experiencing a major outage. The outage is said to have begun at 3:00 p.m., India time, and the reason behind the issue is still unknown.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm told news website TechCrunch.
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Outages like these usually occur due to some fault at a central service provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Akamai. In this case, the problem is being traced to Fastly, which is a CDN (content delivery network). Fastly says it had begun looking for the “potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” as per TechCrunch.

As per The London Economic, the main countries impacted by the outage are Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

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Update: Most of the websites are backed up and the issue has been identified. Fastly posted an outage message on its status page. “A fix was applied at 10:36 UTC. Customers may continue to experience decreased cache hit ratio and increased origin load as global services return.,” said Fastly at 5:27 pm IST.

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