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World’s Major Websites Experience Downtime

Several important websites on June 8, 2021 were experiencing  downtime including Amazon, Reddit and Twitch.

Others that were reported to be experiencing a downtime include the UK government website gov.uk, the Financial Times, the Guardian and the New York Times.

In Nairobi, Twitter was also experiencing downtime, though it did not affect a big chunk of users hence the effects were not so much felt.

It was reported that that the downtime was as a result of “potential impact to performance with our CDN services”, according to Fastly.

Fastly Inc. (FSLY.N) said on Wednesday the incident was caused by a bug in its software that was triggered when one of its customers changed their settings.

“This outage was broad and severe, and we’re truly sorry for the impact to our customers and everyone who relies on them,” the company said in a blog.

Fastly operates a group of servers strategically placed around the world to help customers move and store content close to their end users quickly and safely.

The bug caused “85% of Fastly network to return errors.”

Fastly noticed the outage within a minute it occurring at 0947 GMT, and engineers worked out the cause at 1027 GMT.

“Within 49 minutes, 95% of our network was operating as normal,” the company said.

Its networks were fully recovered at 1235 GMT and it began rolling out a permanent software fix at 1725 GMT.

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Written by Francis Muli

Follow me on Twitter @francismuli_. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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