Ground Report | New Delhi: Several websites run by news outlets including the Financial Times, the New York Times, and Bloomberg News were shut down worldwide on Tuesday.
Some other British news media sites also did not load immediately, while several websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, the New York Times and Bloomberg News appeared to be shut down around the world. Separately, the retail website of Amazon.com Inc. was also facing an outage.
Everything from Reddit to the New York Times and the UK government’s website stopped loading, with users seeing a range of error messages. The Independent’s website was also hit by the issues. Large swathes of the internet broke after an apparent problem with the infrastructure underpinning many of the world’s biggest websites.
Many of world’s biggest websites crash, including: – Amazon – UK government – Reddit. According to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com, nearly 21,000 Reddit users reported problems with the social media platform, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon.
On its ‘Service Status’ page, which sometimes went offline, Fastly said the problem was with its CDN, or content delivery network. It is a set of servers distributed around the world that serve the content that makes up websites, with the aim of ensuring that data is sent as quickly as possible.
The importance of such technology to the functioning of the Internet also means that any problem with a CDN can send websites instantly offline. In an update posted on that page, Fastly said it is ‘currently investigating the potential impact on performance with our CDN services’. Two more updates posted only clarified that the company is ‘continuing to investigate the issue’.
Outages of various sizes were reported at Reddit, Twitch, Amazon, HBO Max, CNN, Etsy, the New York Times, and Paypal, according to tracking website Down Detector.