The world was ~shook~ this morning as a massive outage swept a number of major news outlets and social media platforms off the map. The hour-long global hiccup was reportedly caused by issues with the San Fransisco-based cloud computing company Fastly Inc.
Some of the websites that were impacted around the world include Amazon, Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Stack Overflow, Hulu, HBO Max, Quora, PayPal, Vimeo, and Shopify. Plus, many prominent news outlets including CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, and the BBC. Even major government home pages reportedly went dark!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a crisis without a few hilarious Twitter reactions! Here are some of our favourites:
— Comic Relief (@comicrelief) June 8, 2021
What are they on about, “multiple major websites”? Club Penguin Rewritten is fine?
— Alex Milsom (@alexmilsom) June 8, 2021
Me on my first day at #Fastly: What does this button do?
The internet: pic.twitter.com/IYYEbDEC0n
— Mark the Blogger (He/him) (@MarktheBlogger1) June 8, 2021
This is what I would tweet if I was Fastly’s social media manager. pic.twitter.com/AZvpvJoqIA
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) June 8, 2021
live shot from Fastly headquarters pic.twitter.com/OBVPnWcTRC
— shauna (@goldengateblond) June 8, 2021
— Cromwell (@Cromwell606) June 8, 2021
That one intern at Fastly who single handedly brought down half of the internet xD pic.twitter.com/5IyqJUS1WH
— Sarthak Kundra (@KundraSarthak) June 8, 2021
Now, if you’re reading this you probably know that the issue has been fixed and the internet is back in full force once again. Some might say the glitch was a brief, albeit eye-opening, glimpse into just how reliant we all have become on the world wide web. But we’ll unpack that another day! In the meantime, happy scrolling!