Megaphone, a podcast hosting platform owned by Spotify, was down for more than eight hours. The outage stemmed from the company’s failure to renew Megaphone's security certificate. Spotify says the service has since been restored. The company inserts dynamic ads into episodes, and hosts many of the industry's top shows.

Spotify acquired Megaphone in December 2020 for $235 million. The tool allows the company to make money off of podcast listening that happens even on competitor platforms. It also distributes shows on platforms beyond Spotify, including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. The company is reaching out to affected publishers.

Spotify did not comment as to why Megaphone’s SSL certificate was left to expire and why it took so long to fix. The certificate expired at 8PM ET on Monday, according to data found by Podnews. The issue was not resolved for another eight hours. Even after Megaphon came back online just before 6AM ET, podcasters experienced delays.

Spotify's SSL certificate, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer, is a data encryption tool for websites. SSL certificates used to be good for as long as three years, starting in September 2020. Megaphone secured a two-year certificate in May 2020, seven months before it was acquired by Spotify.
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