A number of leading media websites are currently not working, including the Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, Amazon, Reddit, Twitch, and the New York Times. The UK government website – gov.uk – is also down. Affected websites displayed the message: “Error 503 Service Unavailable”. Early reports have suggested it could be related to Fastly, a cloud computing provider, which underpins a lot of major websites.
Multiple outages hit social media, government and news websites across the globe on Tuesday morning, with some reports pointing to a glitch at U.S.-based cloud computing services provider Fastly.
Fastly said it was investigating “the potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” according to its website. Most of Fastly’s coverage areas were facing “Degraded Performance”, the website showed. Separately, Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) retail website also seemed to be down. Amazon was not immediately available to comment. Nearly 21,000 Reddit users reported issues with the social media platform, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com.
According to downdetector.com the following websites are reported to be down and these are the reports from the website.
What does Error 503 mean?
The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) 503 Service Unavailable server error response code indicates that the server is not ready to handle the request. Common causes are a server that is down for maintenance or that is overloaded