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Reddit and global news sites including FT, New York Times and Bloomberg experience outage

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Cofounder and executive chair of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian.Jerod Harris | Getty ImagesReddit and global news websites including the FT, New York Times and Bloomberg experienced a major outage Tuesday morning, with some users unable to access the sites.Some visitors to the websites in both the U.K. and U.S. received the error message: “Error 503 Service Unavailable.”The first reports of the outage started around 6 a.m. ET, but sites were mostly back online for users by around 7 a.m. ET. However a number of sites, including U.K. government website and the New York Times were experiencing slow loading times and graphics issues.U.S. cloud computing services provider Fastly said on its website at 5:58 a.m. ET that it was investigating a technical issue. At 6:44 a.m. ET, Fastly said the issue had been identified and “a fix is being implemented.”Fastly operates a content delivery (or distribution) network. This is a network of servers and data centers around the world that enables the transfer of assets needed for loading internet content like HTML pages, javascript files, images, and videos.This is a developing news story.

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