Amazon and Reddit Downed by Huge Internet Outage

On Tuesday, thousands of websites including Reddit, Amazon, PayPal and Spotify went down across the world.


NSFW    SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of websites including Reddit, Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and the British Government's official site went down across the world Tuesday, after content delivery network provider Fastly suffered a disruption, according to a Reuters report.

For over 45 minutes, users trying to access many high-traffic sites received an error message, according to the Guardian, though users in some places reported no problems throughout the outage.

Content delivery networks are the internet's middlemen. Instead of visitors to a website having to connect directly to servers run by that company, which might be far away, companies like Fastly run server farms around the globe that carry copies of websites, thus speeding up the connection process.
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