After a prolonged service outage, Facebook has said that all of their most popular apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook are up and running again. Facebook’s most popular apps all went down around 11AM ET yesterday, which affected billions of users around the world. There were some people that were not able to access the services completely and others were only able to not access direct messaging or stories. In a way, this outage reminds us that the most popular applications in the world are controlled by one large company.
It took Facebook over 24 hours to let the us know that the outage was due to a “server configuration change”, and said via Twitter,“We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience”. It is quite ironic that Facebook had to use their competitor Twitter to let their users know that their services are down.
Along with their popular apps and websites, the outage also affected people who were using the Oculus VR headset. Oculus, which is a company that Facebook purchased in 2014 focuses on virtual and augmented reality. Along with gaming, sites and apps that use Facebook credentials such as Spotify and Tinder, were also not able to make logins authorized.
Back in 2008, Facebook had a bug that pushed it offline and affected around 80 million users. The bug only lasted for close to a day. This recent outage was the companies worst to date and the large services and apps that it has as it now has around 2.3 billion users monthly.
Since Facebook has not been able to be accessed for so many people, people had very few options to talk with one another on social media in terms of a social network that works.