Facebook, WhatsApp & Instagram blackout: Odd coincidence after whistleblower’s accusations?


More than six hours after users first experienced a severe outage that brought the services down Monday, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and other Facebook-owned sites are back online. This is the company’s longest downtime since a 24-hour outage in 2008. Even corporate services like email and Workplace did go down. So, if you’ve been thinking about abandoning your social media, Facebook effectively granted your wish yesterday.

Our usual response was to turn off and restart our phones, call the network service, ask a neighbour if he received the WhatsApp message, or go to bed early since we were bored. However, the rival platform Twitter showed its supremacy when the company tweeted, “Hello literally everyone”.

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram confirmed the disruption in services via tweets.

Unfortunately, the founder is the one who has suffered the most. In just a few hours, Mark Zuckerberg’s personal worth plummeted by more than $6 billion, putting him down a rung on the ranking of the world’s wealthiest people.

Some of the programs aren’t fully functional yet; for example, some Instagram users are currently having trouble uploading new content. However, the question remains as to why Facebook was offline. The blackout appears to be a technical issue. The outages looked to be ubiquitous, according to reports on DownDetector.com, which garnered 10.6 million complaints of issues. A DNS fault is thought to be to blame for the problem. As per Verge, Facebook DNS and other services are out, according to Dane Knecht, an SVP at Cloudflare. The Domain Name System, or DNS, is a website’s yellow page.

So that’s why? But there are more speculations.

The outage occurred just one day after a Facebook whistleblower revealed her identity in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes news programme. Former product manager Frances Haugen, who joined Facebook in 2019, held the corporation responsible for deliberately ignoring the company’s negative societal repercussions, such as fostering hatred, inciting crime, and creating emotional suffering. Is it possible that this is a huge, hilariously planned coincidence?

“The company is paying for its profits with our safety,” she said, urging foreign governments to impose more rules on the internet behemoth. The lady has applied to the Securities and Exchange Commission for whistleblower protections.

In a statement released to Twitter, Facebook’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, apologised.

“Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now,” Schroepfer wrote. “We are experiencing networking issues, and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.”

Facebook’s stock dropped about 5% after the business experienced perhaps the most prolonged service interruption in over 13 years, and a day after “60 Minutes” broadcast an interview with a whistleblower condemning the company of abandoning democracy.

The internet is really dark!


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