Facebook blames server for outage, some users happy

Mateen Dalal

Mateen Dalal

The social network giant suffered server problems in the last 48 hours, affecting millions of users in North America and Europe. It impacted all of the company's most popular and used apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

The outage, believed to be the longest in the social media site's history, impacted users of Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram for more than 14 hours.

Many have questioned in recent times whether the world might be better off without social media, and this week, we got a taste of what that might be like, with Facebook and its properties (Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram) all going down, in varying capacity, for nearly an entire day.

"We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack", Facebook said. This however was almost 24 hours after the problems first appeared.

The timing of a major outage is sub-optimal for Facebook, already embattled by revelations it failed to safeguard user data or stanch the spread of hate speech, fake news and other forms of disinformation. Facebook stated that the interruption was caused by a technical problem on its end, and said that the issue had been resolved and systems were coming back online. "Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone".

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Facebook's global outage that affected access to its services was the biggest since the company came into existence.

Ironically, the biggest social network of them all chose to announce the end of the outage on a rival social media platform, Twitter.

Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services.

Facebook is yet to officially comment on the impact of the issue but Bloomberg reports that Facebook is still assessing the overall situation and is open to the "possibility of refunds for advertisers".

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