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Many news and information websites are temporarily down due to network outages

Many websites became unavailable on Tuesday morning after an apparently widespread outage at cloud service company Fastly. Dozens of high-traffic websites, such as CBSNews.com, The New York Times, CNN, Twitch, and the UK Government homepage, have been out of service for nearly an hour, and some have been down.

San Francisco-based Fastly recognized the issue before 6 am EST. The company has repeatedly updated its website, saying it “continues to investigate the problem.”

A downdetector that tracks Internet outages said, “Reports have shown that Fastly has experienced widespread outages that may be affecting services.”

Fastly is a publicly traded company that operates a so-called content delivery network (CDN), which is used by many media outlets and other websites to provide multimedia content to users. It was a partial outage of a widespread CDN that caused Fastly’s client site to malfunction on Tuesday.

“It looked like the entire internet went down this morning,” said Dan Patterson, a technology reporter at CBS News. He said the fact that most of the affected sites displayed an “Error 503” message was an early sign that a network error was behind the outage, not a hack.

If it was a hack, “this error 503 is not seen everywhere,” Patterson said, suggesting that it was likely “some misconfiguration.”

“The problem has been identified and fixed,” Fastly told CBS News, and the affected sites are gradually returning online. Patterson said the issue was completely resolved and the service is likely to be disjointed for users in different regions.

Many news and information websites are temporarily down due to network outages

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