“Instagram Facebook and Whatsapp down” was probably one of the most important news on Monday.
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Yesterday, around 11.45 a.m ET Facebook’s outage lasted for at least 6 hours taking out crucial communications platforms that billions of people and businesses rely on every day.
On Monday afternoon, the company apologized to users for having caused problems in daily communications. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook chief technology officer, tweeted:
“Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook-powered services right now, we are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.”
Instagram Facebook and Whatsapp down: it was a surprise for many users. Although the root of the issue hasn’t been identified, cybersecurity experts are quite sure that the outage was not caused by a cyberattack. Instead, it seems to be related to Facebook’s systems and some internal issues.
The Facebook outage also disrupted internal systems, including security and scheduling tools. The Times added that some Facebook employees we not even able to enter buildings due to the outage.
It was a race against the clock for Facebook employees, as they tried to manually reset their servers in Santa Clara. The company dispatched a small group of employees in an attempt to solve the problem that cost more than $50 billion of its market cap. The stock’s worst day of trading in almost a year was the result, and even Mark Zuckerberg’s personal wealth was hit.
Although this issue represented a huge loss of money for Mark Zuckerberg and his companies, small businesses that depend on Facebook for their revenue had lost even more than just money.
Twitter, Facebook’s rival, joked: “hello literally everyone” in a tweet that had almost half a million retweets. The Twitter community enjoyed mocking Facebook’s outage creating memes and saying that the world would be better if Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp were switched off forever.
However, it seems Twitter itself suffered some difficulties on Monday afternoon, too. There have been thousands of reported issues on the site.
According to DownDetector, some other famous sites like Gmail and LinkedIn also experienced some issues during yesterday’s social media blackout.
Yesterday at 6 p.m Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp came back online and now it seems things are finally starting to get better.
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