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Why the internet was so screwed up today

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2016%2f11%2f22%2f65%2f11.a522cBy Brett Williams2017-02-28 22:08:30 UTC

Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3, the cloud computing service that backs many major sites and services, including Netflix, Airbnb, Giphy and 148,213 other sites, suffered a disruption on Tuesday, bringing large parts of the internet to a grinding halt. 

Many of Mashable‘s AWS-backed systems, including Slack, Trello and our internal CMS slowed or became unresponsive shortly after 1 p.m. ET, confirming the disruption. 

While the cause of the outage still hasn’t been confirmed, Amazon acknowledged the problems on the AWS Twitter account and promised anxious users it was hard at work on a fix. 

When I first checked the AWS status page, I got a message reporting "Increased Error Rates" in the US-East-1" region. Unfortunately, the page itself was experiencing issues.

Thankfully for everyone’s sanity, Twitter was largely unaffected. The internet community took to the platform to comment on the outage, sharing what news and updates were available:

In a cruel twist of fate, today just happened to be an AWSome Day training event in Edinburgh, Scotland. Talk about awkward timing.

Amazon finally acknowledged the outage on the AWS Twitter account about an hour in, assuring its followers that updates on the issues would come through the handle.

Representatives for Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story is developing…

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