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Major Media Websites Begin Operation After Service Outage

The websites of CNN, Al Jazeera, and New York Times were all affected by a service outage that made the websites of Amazon and UK’s government inaccessible.

After an hour-long widespread internet service outage on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the websites of different international media agencies have resumed. 

Financial Times, CNN, Bloomberg News, Al Jazeera, and France’s Le Monde newspaper all had their websites inaccessible. 

Other websites affected by the outage include Amazon.com and the websites of the United Kingdom’s government. 

Also, The Guardian and the New York Times, had their applications and websites affected by the outage. 

Experts are yet to determine what caused the outage, however websites displayed messages such as “Error 503 Service Unavailable,” “Fastly error: unknown domain: cnn.com.” and “connection failure.”

Fastly, a cloud service provider based in San Francisco that is used by numerous media outlets, has confirmed the outage and stated that they have begun investigating the problem and have resolved it.

“The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return,” the company said. 

The major websites that were not affected by the outage include Facebook, BBC, and Microsoft. 

Experts say that despite companies’ best attempts to maintain non-stop service, individual websites and online service outages do happen regularly. 

A severe outage that impacts many websites and significant swaths of the Internet, on the other hand, is extremely rare and will prompt questions and follow-up measures so that businesses may improve their resilience in the future.

The service outage caused panic among some Nigerians because of the government’s indefinite suspension of Twitter, thinking it had been extended to other websites.


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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a senior reporter, researcher and a fact-checker. He heads the extremism and radicalisation desk. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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