Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp went down on Monday for many hours, taking out a vital communication platform used by billions and reminding us just how dependent we are on a company being regulated.
6 Hours Without Social Media
Facebook’s software applications – including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus – began to display errors around 11:40 on Friday morning EST. Within minutes, Facebook was no longer available.
Back Online after An Outage
Despite warnings about stability, some apps have slowly started working again after an outage lasting over five hours. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are back online after an outage that lasted almost six hours, Facebook reports.
No Breach of Security Detected
In addition to Facebook services, the technical issue affected employees’ email and work passwords, too. On Monday, the services were unavailable between 16:30 and 22:00 GMT. There are no indications of a breach of the company’s security.
Facebook Releases A Statement
In a statement, Facebook reported that the improper configuration change affected their internal tools and systems further hindering a resolution.
Billions of People Effected
According to Downdetector, which tracks outages, there were 10,6 million reports worldwide. However, the actual number of people affected is much higher: over 3.5 billion people use Facebook and their sister social media platforms.
Unexpected Financial Loss
Small businesses that rely on social media to connect with customers are facing the prospect of an unexpected financial loss. Many people found themselves cut off from their friends and family with whom they interact over the various services.
Mark Zuckerberg Loses Billions
Fortune reports that as the stock plummeted, it also cost Mark Zuckerberg an estimated $6bn. The company is currently facing allegations of misconduct from whistleblowers.