Facebook and its other platforms, Instagram and WhatsApp are back online after a massive global outage plunged the services and the businesses and people who rely on them into chaos for hours.
Facebook said in a blog post that the six-hour outage that took it offline along with Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp, and OculusVR was the result of a configuration change to its routers and not of a hack or attempt to get at user data.
The tech giant stated that his disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way their data centers communicate, bringing all services to a halt.
All of Facebook’s services were affected which also included Facebook’s own internal systems, with reports staff were locked out of offices, and could not access their own internal communications platform.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an apology saying the platforms were coming back online.
The outage began around 11:40AM ET Monday, and led to widespread problems for the company. It was Facebook’s worst outage since 2019, when the site was down for more than 24 hours. Employees were unable to connect with each other on company message boards, and some were using work-provided Outlook email accounts to communicate.
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.
During the six-hour long outage around $7 billion were wiped from Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.
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