Major internet outage impacts websites and apps around the world

By Aditi Sangal, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Ed Upright, CNN

Updated 4:19 p.m. ET, June 8, 2021
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7:38 a.m. ET, June 8, 2021

What is Fastly and what is its role in the outage?

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Postmodern Studio/Alamy Stock Photo

Countless websites and apps around the world faced an outage after Fastly, a major content delivery network, reported a widespread failure.

Fastly helps improve the time it takes for websites to load and provides other services to internet sites, apps and platforms — including a large global server network.

Major website and app outages happen from time to time and typically don't last long — internet service providers, content delivery networks and other hosting services are built with multiple redundancies and a global network of backup servers designed to reduce disruptions when things go haywire.

Fastly supports news sites and apps like CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times and many others. It also provides content delivery for Twitch, Pinterest, HBO Max, Hulu, Reddit, Spotify and other services.

7:13 a.m. ET, June 8, 2021

Fastly says the issue is fixed

Fastly, a major content delivery network, that reported a widespread failure, resulting in a massive internet outage around the world says the issue has been fixed.

"The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return," the company said on its service status website.

7:33 a.m. ET, June 8, 2021

The UK government website is also impacted

An error message is seen on the UK government's website on Tuesday, June 8.
An error message is seen on the UK government's website on Tuesday, June 8. Leon Neal/Getty Images

The UK government's website has also been affected by the massive global internet outage, along with media and entertainment sites.

"We are investigating this as a matter of urgency," the website's Twitter account stated.

7:03 a.m. ET, June 8, 2021

Fastly is investigating the outage

An outage impacted several websites and apps across the world, including Amazon, Target, and Gov.uk, after Fastly, a major content delivery network, reported a widespread failure.

"We are continuing to investigate this issue," the company said on its service status website.