Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram: the reason for the big blackout

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram: the reason for the big blackout

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram

Yesterday there was a major disruption to the social media services Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for several hours. They were offline until the late evening hours of German time, which logically restricted the accessibility of millions of people. The services are now running perfectly again, but what was actually the trigger for the great social media blackout? Already yesterday evening there was speculation about possible cyber attacks and compromised user data. Fortunately, according to a statement from Facebook, that was not the case Ultimately caused a break in communication. That break had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate with each other, causing our services to fail. "

Accordingly, there was no attack by hackers behind the large-scale failure, but "only" a configuration error with considerable effects on the communication between the data centers. Furthermore, Facebook stated that so far there are no indications that WhatsApp, Instagram or Facebook user data was compromised during the disruption. However, if you want to be on the safe side, you can have your passwords reset or changed on the affected services.

How did you experience the great social media blackout yesterday? Were you also badly affected or did the failure not bother you particularly? We look forward to your reports in the comment area.

Source: Facebook

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp come back online after outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp came back online Monday after an outage that lasted more than six hours. Facebook said the problem was caused by a networking issue.

Facebook said its servers were unable to communicate properly, which caused outages across its system. Many of the company's internal systems were affected, making the issue more difficult to diagnose and resolve. The company said no user data was compromised.

Reports on DownDetector.com suggest the outages began around 12 p.m. ET on Monday. Facebook employees were unable to use the company's internal email, a source told CBS News. 

'To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we're sorry,' Facebook said on Twitter. 'We've been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.'

Mike Schroepfer, the company's chief technology officer, also tweeted an apology, saying the company had been experiencing 'networking issues.'

'Facebook services coming back online now — may take some time to get to 100%,' he added. 'To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I'm sorry.'

Facebook A screenshot of Facebook.com while the company experienced the outage. Facebook

In 2019, Facebook experienced a similar outage that lasted for several hours. The following day, the company said a 'server configuration change' was to blame.

Facebook fell along with other big tech stocks on Monday, sliding nearly 5%, and Forbes reported that Mark Zuckerberg alone lost nearly $6 billion.

The outages come the morning after '60 Minutes' aired an interview with a whistleblower who said Facebook is aware of how it amplifies hate, misinformation and unrest but claimed the company hides what it knows. Facebook has denied the claims.

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