Large swaths of internet downed by outage at cloud company Fastly

Numerous websites were unavailable Tuesday after an apparent widespread outage at the cloud service company Fastly.

Dozens of high-traffic websites including the New York Times, CNN, Twitch and the UK government’s home page, could not be reached.

Messages such as “Error 503 Service Unavailable” and “connection failure” appeared on the websites of the Financial Times, The Guardian and France’s Le Monde newspaper.

The White House website had an error message but was available again later. The BBC and the New York Times were temporarily inaccessible, but also later returned.

San Francisco-based Fastly acknowledged a problem just before 1000 GMT. It said in repeated updates on its website that it was “continuing to investigate the issue.”

Visitors trying to access got a message that said: “Fastly error: unknown domain:”

Down Detector, which tracks internet outages, said: “Reports indicate there may be a widespread outage at Fastly, which may be impacting your service.”

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