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Facebook Down for 6 hours ― everything you need to know

Facebook family of apps gone through a rare yet lengthy outage on Monday’s night and cost of this technical glitch is getting reflected everywhere. With a day outage in 2008, 14 hours outage in 2019 and now for almost 6 hours, it seems that Facebook is gradually loosing control from their technology and downtime control. According to Facebook, cause of recent outage was faulty system configuration which took their team hours to resolve.

Facebook recently published a blog explaining what was happened and apologized for inconvenience. Facebook’s Official Blog writes,

To all the people and businesses around the world who depend on us, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms. We’ve been working as hard as we can to restore access, and our systems are now back up and running. The underlying cause of this outage also impacted many of the internal tools and systems we use in our day-to-day operations, complicating our attempts to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem.

According to their official blog, they did experienced problems in tools and other technologies inside company that made the problem solution even more complicated.

“Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”

According to Facebook, they also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.

Facebook and WhatsApp did apologized on Twitter and writes,

CTO Mike Schorepfer on Twitter writes,

Along with billions of daily active users, businesses as well as investors seems to gradually loosing trust over this tech giant. Recent outage cost in billions for the company as well and reports are coming from around the world stating that their market value seems declining as well.

According to forbes, their shares gone down by 4.8% and zapping away billions from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune. To be exact, Zuckerberg’s net worth declined by $5.9 billion in total.

With this huge loss from his net worth, he has also slipped from 5th richest person to 6th richest person in the world billionaires list.

The author of this blog post is a technology fellow, an IT entrepreneur, and Educator in Kathmandu Nepal. With his keen interest in Data Science and Business Intelligence, he writes on random topics occasionally in the DataSagar blog.
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