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Global Internet Outage Temporarily Knocks Some of the Biggest Websites Offline

Eightpoint Technologies has learned from USA Today that a widespread internet outage took down a number of websites on Tuesday June 8, including Amazon, Google, Reddit and CNN. 

The problem started on Tuesday, early in the morning and lasted for a couple of hours. Zoom, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Etsy and PayPal have been among the websites that were affected, according to DownDetector. The problem also appeared on popular news websites, such as CNN.com and Financial Times.

Many of the sites’ outages were reportedly linked to Fastly cloud platform.  Thankfully, Fastly posted an update a couple of hours later saying that the issue has been identified and fix has been applied, with most impacted websites to be back up and running.

According to the USA Today, “With edge computing, thousands of data centers are strategically scattered around the world to shorten the distance each user needs to reach a cloud storage site, speeding up service. Similar to how your Wi-Fi signal weakens the further you are away from your hot spot, the closer you are, the faster and stronger the signal.

Brief outages have become part of the price paid by internet users who operate in an always online environment. In most cases, those outages are amplified on social media with users highlighting when online services have disruptions.

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