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Global 'media blackout' as massive outage causes leading websites, social platforms to crash; UK govt site also hit

04:08 PM Jun 08, 2021 | Anwesha Mitra

A major technical issue on Tuesday took down multiple media platforms and news websites. While there has been no official communique thus far, Twitter speculation indicates that it is a issue stemming from the server (AWS) or cloud service provider (Fastly). Thanks to the issue, leading news websites including Financial Times, Guardian Insider, The Verge, New York Times, Buzz Feed and the BBC remain unusable.

The list of affected websites also includes the UK government's official website. Attempts to log onto the 'www.gov.uk' website now fetches a mere single line of text, calling it a "Fastly error".

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"Fastly CDN is down, and a large portion of the internet along with Gumlet is down," read an update from the aforementioned website. It however remains unclear as to what was the root cause behind this outage.

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According to an update shared by VICE news' Matthew Champion that quotes Fastly, the company is presently investigating "potential impact to performance with our CDN services".

Further details awaited.

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