‘Half the Internet is down’: Users take to Twitter to report Cloudflare outage (updated)

Users may experience errors or timeouts reaching Cloudflare’s network or services. — Photo by Philipp Katzenberger on Unsplash

Update: Cloudflare has issued a statement on the outage.

“Earlier today Cloudflare saw an outage across parts of our network. This was not the result of an attack. A network change in some of our data centres caused a portion of our network to be unavailable. Due to the nature of the incident, customers may have had difficulty reaching websites and services that rely on Cloudflare from approximately 0628-0720 UTC (2.28pm-3.20pm). Cloudflare was working on a fix within minutes, and the network is running normally now.

“Given Cloudflare’s scale and the percentage of the Internet that relies on our network, when we have problems it is vital that we are open and transparent about what happened, why it happened, and what we’re doing to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We will release a post-mortem later today on our blog,” the company said in the statement.

Cloudflare’s latest status update on its website says a fix has been implemented and the company is monitoring the results.

Cloudfare said it has identified an issue with its service and a fix is being implemented in a status update.

Earlier, the web performance and security company said it is investigating widespread issues which resulted in users experiencing timeouts or errors in accessing certain network or services.

Users on Twitter said the outage has affected popular sites such as Discord, Crunchyroll, Omegle, Social Blade and Epic Games. They also described how the issue has seemingly affected “half of the Internet”.

Locally, the issue has affected several news portals.

According to TechCrunch, Cloudflare also suffered an outage affecting users in India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe last week.

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