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Fastly says it has 'resolved' a problem that led to a widespread internet outage Tuesday morning

Website Outage June 8
Posted at 3:52 AM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-08 08:57:57-04

Numerous websites were briefly unavailable early Tuesday morning after an apparent widespread outage at cloud service company Fastly.

As of 8:41 a.m. ET, Fastly says that it has resolved the incident that led to a brief outage at around 6 a.m. ET. During that outage, dozens of high-traffic websites including the New York Times, CNN, Twitch and the U.K. government’s home page, could not be reached.

"The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied," the company said in an update. "Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return."

Just after 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, visitors trying to access CNN.com got a message that said: “Fastly error: unknown domain: cnn.com.”

Down Detector, a website that crowdsources internet outages, reported an outage at Fastly just after 6 a.m. The website also reported outages at Reddit, Twitch, CNN, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Max, Target, Etsy, Twitter and other large websites. The United Kingdom's official government website, gov.uk, was also affected by the outage.

"Reports indicate there may be a widespread outage at Fastly, which may be impacting your service,” DownDetector's website read Tuesday morning.

The outage lasted for about an hour.

Fastly describes itself as an "edge cloud platform." It's a company that cloud computing services to websites and allows companies to offload their content in order to cut down on storage costs and increase loading speed.