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Amazon cloud outage hits websites and streaming apps

Thousands of the world’s web users were affected by a major outage which disrupted Amazon’s cloud services on Tuesday.

Netflix and Disney+ were among the streaming platforms affected, as well as a range of apps, and’s e-commerce website.

Amazon had said the problem was related to network devices and linked to application programming interface (API), which is used for building and integrating application software.

Just after midnight UK time, the company’s website said: “With the network device issues resolved, we are now working towards recovery of any impaired services.”

According to the Downdetector website, more than 24,000 people reported problems with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The site, which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources, showed 1,191 problems with AWS were raised just after 4pm in the UK.

However, by 7.25pm that number had fallen to 258.

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In the US, it showed 11,347 issues had been recorded at around the same time and by 7.30pm that figure was sitting at nearly 4,000.

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The dashboard showed “increased error rates” had been identified in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

In June, websites including Reddit, Amazon, CNN, PayPal, Spotify, Al Jazeera Media Network, and the New York Times were hit by a widespread hour-long outage linked to US-based content delivery network provider Fastly, a smaller rival of AWS.

In July, Amazon experienced a disruption in its online stores’ service, which lasted for nearly two hours and affected more than 38,000 users.