Giant retailer Amazon.com is down right now, and shoppers are trying to figure out why. CNBC tweeted just a short while ago that the site was taken down for improvements and that it will be “open for business again soon.”
A visit to Amazon’s main site
A visit to the site brings up absolutely nothing but a blank screen, and Twitter users are sharing questions and information about the outage. CNBC is the only user providing a real answer to the questions about Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s main website. Others are posting thoughts that border on conspiracy theory, pointing to Friday’s outage of Google and remarking on how strange it is that Google went down days ago and now Amazon is down.
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The site appears to have gone at around 2:50 p.m. Eastern today. The site Is It Down Right Now pinged Amazon.com and found that it did indeed go down for everyone. The server simply stopped responding. However, Amazon sites in other countries like France (Amazon.fr) and Germany (Amazon.de) are still up.
Amazon Web Services working
Several Twitter users are reporting that although Amazon.com is down, backend APIs and Amazon Web Services are up. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) tends to get things back up and running pretty quickly, so it’s unlikely that the outage will last very long.
This story is developing. Check back for additional updates, and we will provide more details as soon as they are available.
Update 15:30 EST: Amazon returns!