Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Life without Facebook? Social network outage triggers moans and soul searching

Facebook into second day of global outage Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered a global outage. What happened?
Lloyd Bates | 17 March, 2019, 09:24

The outage period proved profitable for Telegram which reportedly signed up a whopping three million new users. This however was almost 24 hours after the problems first appeared. According to the outage tracker Down Detector, WhatsApp is still experiencing issues. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov announced the addition of new users on Telegram.

Facebook, which has roughly 2.3bn monthly users, recovered from the interruption yesterday morning and its services are now operating normally.

Media reports earlier said millions of users were affected, and thousands took to Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday to complain under the hashtag #facebookdown. The main reason for the ever gaining popularity is the privacy-focused feature and its updates.

Facebook appeared to be back in operation Thursday after a massive outage affecting its applications around the world, creating fresh woes for the social network leader under fire for its handling of sensitive user data. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", according to a Facebook spokesperson.

Some media outlets branded the outage as the biggest in Facebook's history.

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

While this represented a major leap for the messaging app that prides itself as the most secured end-to-end encryption chat app, it remains to be seen if the huge number is sustainable.

The platforms had experienced issues especially when users tried to send and receive content and also when posting new material as well.

Now the question turns to whether Facebook should reimburse businesses for ads not delivered, or delivered on a semi-functional platform - as reported by Reuters, Facebook is considering whether to refund advertisers for lost exposure due to the problems, though that seems an unlikely outcome.

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