Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were partially reconnected to the World Wide Web on Monday afternoon, according to Eastern Time. The social media site was down for almost six hours. whaFacebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram processors were dark at noon in the East
At 5:45 pm, some users began regaining partial access to all three applications. Sunday is the second blow to a social media company after several days of accusing a whistleblower company of prioritizing profit. Hate speech and misinformation.
“Sorry for every small and big business, family and individual who relies on us,” Facebook CEO Mike Schrober tweeted, “It may take a while to reach 100%.” It has nearly 2 billion daily active users, down 4.9% on Monday, the biggest daily drop since last November, amid widespread selling of technology stocks.
Facebook services are now back online – it may take a while to reach 100%. We apologize to every small and large business, family and individual who relies on us.
– Mike Schropper (schrep) October 4, 2021
Shares traded up about half a percent in hourly trading following the resumption of service. Although security experts say this disruption may be the result of an internal mistake, the sabotage of an insider is theoretically possible. “Facebook basically locked its car in its car,” tweeted Jonathan Zidrain, director of Harvard’s Bergman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
As soon as the crash started, Facebook acknowledged that users had trouble accessing its processors, but did not provide any details about the nature of the problem or say how many users were affected by the crash.
The error message on Facebook’s web page suggested an error in the Domain Name System (DNS), which allows web addresses to take users to their destinations. A similar crash at cloud company Agama Technologies Inc. took over several websites in July.
To the largest community of people and businesses around the world that depend on us: Sorry. We are working hard to regain access to our applications and services and are pleased to announce that they are now back online. Thanks for joining us.
– Facebook) October 4, 2021
Many Facebook employees, who declined to be named, said they believed the crash was due to an internal routing error on the Internet domain.
Facebook, the world’s second-largest digital advertising platform, lost about $ 545,000 an hour in U.S. advertising revenue during the crash, according to estimates by advertising media outlet Standard Media Index.
On Sunday, Frances Hogan, who worked as a production manager at the Civic Information Group on Facebook, said the Wall Street Journal provided documents based on the Whistleblower and the Senate inquiry into Instagram harming teenage girls.
Hogan urged the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to regulate the company, which plans to compare it to tobacco companies that have denied for decades that smoking harms health, according to prepared evidence seen by Reuters.