Websites and apps around the world were shut down on Tuesday morning, including government websites such as Gov.uk, e-commerce websites such as Target, and media websites such as CNN and The New York Times.
The outage affected dozens of countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as South Africa.
The issue 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 several websites remained 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 more. 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 usually don’t last long – Internet service providers, content delivery networks and other hosting services are built with many redundancies and disruptions when things go bad. A global network of backup servers designed to reduce