Updated June 8, 2021: Fastly's status page now states "The issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented." This appears to have fixed the issues. The original article follows.
What you need to know
- Many of the biggest websites in the world are down for many right now.
- Reddit, Amazon, Spotify, and Twitter are just some of the websites experiencing outages.
- This is a developing story, so we'll add more details as they come in.
Amazon, Reddit, Twitter, Spotify, and several of the world's most popular websites are experiencing outages right now. According to Downdetector, the outages started to spike around 5:30 AM ET. CDN provider Fastly has an outage right now, which appears to be the cause of the outages. Fastly's status page states that it started investigating an issue around 6:30 AM.
There could be other reasons for the internet being broken, but Fastly is likely at least part of the cause.
The outages have started a chain of memes for those who can still access social media.
The list of affected websites is quite lengthy. Some of the biggest names are:
- Stack Overflow
- All gov.uk websites
- HBO Max
- Sling TV
"#Internetdown" is already trending on Twitter, which is a bit ironic as Twitter is one of the websites that's broken for many at the moment.
This is a developing story, and we'll add more details as they become available.
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What their website says on the matter and what is happening continues to be as different as night and day. But what else is new in "Breaking News" mode.
Help me understand. A CDN is basically a cache of websites to help us all download content faster. If a CDN goes down, why doesn't the Internet traffic just bypass the downed CDN and capture content from other CDNs or even the individual website servers? In that way content may arrive a tad slower but mass website outages shouldn't occur. What am I not understanding?
Typically websites wouldn't subscribe to multiple CDNs. It's similar to what happens when Cloudflare or AWS have issues—only websites which are connected to those services go down.
I'd be guessing that all the traffic going directly to one point would crash it. This having CDNs would spread the load. Just a guess though...
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