A massive internet outage has hit websites for the UK Government, Amazon, Twitter, Reddit, Spotify and a number of leading media companies, as reported by mirror

Websites for the Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, the New York Times and Twitch were among those down and giving error messages. The UK Government website – gov.uk – was also not working, giving the error message “Error 503 Service Unavailable”.

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Visitors to a number of websites, including the Guardian, received an error message stating “connection failure” or “Fastly error: unknown domain”.

Other websites affected included the Evening Standard and French newspaper Le Monde. Several websites, including Amazon and the UK Government, were back online by 11.45am.

The outage appears to have been sparked by an issue with a content delivery network (CDN), a system used to host websites and their content on the internet and serve it to users.

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