Storm Blamed for Instagram, Netflix, and Foursquare Outages
(NEW YORK) — If you had some trouble over the weekend uploading a photo to Instagram, checking in on Foursquare, watching a movie on Netflix, pinning something to your Pinterest board, or posting to Reddit, you’re not alone.
Amazon’s Web Services, which powers many sites and Cloud services, was taken out by the same lighting storms that caused power outages across the country. Amazon’s main server facility in Northern Virginia was hit hard by the storm, which left over 3 million people on the East Coast without power.
The outages started around 9 p.m. ET on Friday and lasted close to 12 hours for some of the services. Instagram and Netflix informed users via Twitter, however, many still were looking for answers. Instagram became one of the highest searched terms on Google on Saturday. Most services were up and running by Saturday afternoon.
This is the second time Amazon’s Web Services went down this month.
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