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Major news outlets, Hulu, Amazon, Target, others hit by global web outage

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Zarrin Ahmed
Amazon Web Services was among the Fastly clients that experienced a brief outage on Tuesday. File Photo by Friedemann Vogel/EPA-EFE
Amazon Web Services was among the Fastly clients that experienced a brief outage on Tuesday. File Photo by Friedemann Vogel/EPA-EFE

June 8 (UPI) -- A number of news outlets and popular web services were hit with a large-scale outage on Tuesday due to a failure of a cloud-based content delivery network.

The outage occurred at the San Francisco-based web infrastructure network Fastly for about an hour Tuesday morning.

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Fastly clients including The New York Times, CNN, the BBC, The Guardian and popular web-based retail services like Amazon and Target were affected by the outage.

At about 7 a.m. EDT, Fastly said in a status update that the issue had been identified and fixed. It said customers could continue to experience decreased web speeds.

"Fastly has observed recovery of all services and has resolved this incident," it wrote.

The outage affected popular apps and websites like Reddit, Pinterest, Hulu, HBO Max and Spotify. The British government website was also down for a while.

The effect of the failure was seen worldwide. Outages were reported in North and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Because Fastly is a support network that helps the sites with web speeds and high-traffic issues, an outage at Fastly can, therefore, impact those client sites.

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