Later, Fastly said the “issue has been identified and a fix has been applied” – and after about an hour, the affected websites started coming back online.
“We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our POPs globally and have disabled that configuration. Our global network is coming back online,” Fastly said in a statement.
Fastly describes itself as an “edge cloud platform.” It provides vital but obscure behind-the-scenes cloud computing services to many of the web’s high profile sites, by helping them to store, or “cache,” content in servers around the world, allowing users to fetch it more quickly and smoothly instead of having to access the site’s original server.
Other websites where users had been reporting outages included The Guardian, Twitch, Hulu, Etsy, HBO Max, Spotify and Target, according to DownDetector.com.