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Social media, streaming services and global news outlets including the New York Times and CNN were hit Tuesday by outages, with some users unable to access the sites.

Some visitors to the affected websites received error messages that read, “Error 503 Service Unavailable,” while others read simply, “connection failure.”

It’s unclear what caused the sweeping outages, but it appears to be related to major problems with a could service provider.

San Francisco-based cloud computing services provider Fastly announced early Tuesday that it’s experiencing a technical issue. The firm said on its website that it’s investigating the issue.

Matt Taylor, a product manager at the Financial Times, wrote on Twitter: “Fastly, the CDN provider, is having a massive outage, resulting in Twitch, Pinterest, Reddit, The Guardian, and the FT returning 503 errors.”

According to downdetector, Reddit, Amazon, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Web Services, Etsy, Twitter, Google, Target, Spotify and others were all affected.

The United Kingdom’s government website, gov.UK, was also affected by the outage.

“Reports indicate there may be a widespread outage at Fastly, which may be impacting your service,” downdetector said on its site. 

The Post has reached out to representatives for several downed sites.

“The issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented,” Fastly said at 6:44 a.m. ET.

“The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied,” Fastly added at 6:57. “Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.”

It’s unclear how quickly services will return for those affected.

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