Major websites go down worldwide

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Government, news and social media websites across the globe were coming back online on Tuesday after being hit by a widespread outage linked to US-based cloud company Fastly.

High traffic sites including Reddit, Amazon, CNN, Paypal, Spotify, Al Jazeera Media Network, and The New York Times were all listed as experiencing problems by outage tracking website, but appeared to be coming back up after outages that ranged from a few minutes to around an hour.

Fastly, one of the world’s most widely used cloud based content delivery network providers, said “the issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return”.

France’s Le Monde newspaper started showing error messages that appeared on the website at approximately 10:00 GMT. Britain’s Guardian newspaper said its website and app were affected. Sites of other British news media were also not loading.

The UK government’s main website too was unavailable. The White House website had an error message but was later working.

The BBC and The New York Times were temporarily inaccessible but later returned.

Source: Aljazeera