Most of you probably discovered on Monday that Facebook was down for a good six hours. Not only Facebook, but Instagram, Whatsapp, and Oculus VR. No one really noticed the last one as no one uses it. The recent Facebook outage was the most severe since the outage in 2019 when the service was down for more than 24 hours.
Many people noticed the coincidence of the Facebook outage, as on Tuesday a Facebook whistleblower would testify before Congress. Some believed it was an attack for their accusations of promoting problematic teen body imaging.
The Facebook Outage was none of those things.
According to the company, it was a “disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.” The disruption wasn’t localized to the United States, it was a global outage.
The problems appeared to begin with a routine BGP update that went wrong, wiping out the DNS routing information that Facebook needs to allow other networks to find its sites.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an apology Monday evening, saying the platforms were coming back online. “Sorry for the disruption today — I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about.”
Keep in mind, it is only Facebook. Influencers were having heart attacks, but other apps found demand increased. Apps like Twitter and TikTok had difficulty keeping up with the increased demand. In all honesty, outages like this happen all the time.
Why are these Facebook outages so huge? When a company buys up all these different companies, when one goes down, they all do. That is why I never purchase TV, cable, or phone from the same company. Especially if you’re dealing with Spectrum. When one goes down, it all does.