A number of popular websites and apps including Tinder had severe disruptions yesterday morning, after a server issue in Virginia crashed Amazon Web Services.
Anyone trying to access web services in the northeast of the US were most affected, with the fault preventing access to sites including Tinder, Netflix and Reddit.
The failure, which occurred at around 6AM ET also caused sites like Pocket, Amazon Echo, Medium and SocialFlow to temporarily disable access to customers.
The crash report said: “3:53 AM PDT We are investigating increased API error rates in the US-EAST-1 Region.
“4:04 AM PDT AWS Lambda is experiencing increased faults and latency in the US-EAST-1 Region. We are actively working on resolving the issue.”
“5:30 AM PDT We can confirm increased API faults and elevated latencies in the US-EAST-1 Region and are working towards resolution.”
“6:15 AM PDT We can confirm increased error rates for invoke API calls in the US-EAST-1 Region.”
This is not the first time that AWS has suffered from a fault in its server – in 2013, the cloud service experienced an outage similar to the one that took place yesterday.
The 40 minute-long failure crashed multiple websites, including Instagram, Airbnb and video-sharing site Vine.
According to Buzzfeed, AWS lost an average $1,104 in net sales per second throughout the 2013 outage.
On its website, AWS describes itself as a “reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing [service]”.