Amazon Website Goes Down; Twitter Reacts (Update: It’s Back Up)

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 19, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Amazon, the global retail website, went down on Monday afternoon, triggering a slew of reactions on social media sites, namely Twitter.

UPDATE as of 3:35 p.m. – The website appears to be back up.

Isitdownrightnow.com said that “Amazon.com is DOWN for everyone … It is not just you. The server is not responding…”

According to a Twitter update from CNBC, Amazon said that it is making improvements to the site, and it should be up shortly.

“@amazon is down so I’m pretty sure the world is ending,” wrote one user on Twitter. “Im taking orders for amazon whilst there down. Just send me your login info tia. Also my home net is down i wanna die,” another wrote.

The website was down starting at around 2:50 p.m. EST. It was still down as of around 3:10 p.m.

Amazon representatives have not issued a statement about the downtime.

“While http://Amazon.com  is down, AWS (amazon’s cloud) is seemingly OK, thankfully for @Amazon and the rest of us that live in the cloud,” user Jimmy Bremmer wrote.

The website error message gave a “500 service unavailable error”

“We’re very sorry, but we’re having trouble doing what you just asked us to do. Please give us another chance–click the Back button on your browser and try your request again. Or start from the beginning on our homepage,” it reads.

 The Amazon downtime follows the New York Times website and Google.com going down last week, which also drew numerous reactions on Twitter.

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Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.