Washington Post

Facebook apps back online after widespread outage

Facebook apps slowly came back online Monday following a prolonged, global outage, one of the largest disruptions to the social media sites’ billions of users in years. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger were unreachable for hours for many users, who instead saw a spinning wheel on their apps that never loaded. The outages caused widespread chaos for those who use it for communication — particularly for WhatsApp users globally — as well as companies and people who rely on the sites to conduct business.
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Facebook says sorry for mass outage and reveals why it happened

The outage marked the longest stretch of downtime for Facebook since 2008. "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," said Santosh Janardhan, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure, in a blogpost late Monday.
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A Day Without Facebook

In the 2004 film A Day Without a Mexican, Sergio Arau imagines, in mockumentary style, what would happen to California if its entire Mexican-immigrant population vanished. With so many housekeepers and farmworkers, teachers and gardeners, line cooks and police gone, the state seizes up. Yesterday became a day without Facebook...

Facebook employees were unable to access critical work tools during six-hour outage

Facebook employees and contractors complained Monday that they were unable to log on to their work accounts during the company's worst service outage since 2008. The outage was so bad that engineers who were tasked with helping resolve service issues were unable to even log on to help fix the problems, one employee told CNBC.
CBS News

Internal Facebook documents detail how misinformation spreads to users

Ahead of the 2020 election, Facebook implemented safeguards to protect against the spread of misinformation by prioritizing safety over growth and engagement. It rolled back those defenses after the election, allowing right-wing conspiratorial content to fester in the weeks leading up to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a whistleblower.

Faceoff against Facebook: Stopping the flow of misinformation

When David Pogue interviewed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2005, the company was just getting off the ground. "We've gone from having around 150,000 people in the fall to right around three million now," Zuckerberg said. "People use the site so much that it's creating a marketplace for advertising." It...

Facebook-Owned Apps Back Online After Experiencing Worst Worldwide Outage Since 2008: 'We're Sorry'

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are back up and running after going offline Monday morning for several hours. The Facebook-owned apps were back online by around 6 p.m. ET. "To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we're sorry," Facebook tweeted shortly after its products were restored. "We've been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us."

Facebook executive says it's 'ludicrous' to blame Jan. 6 on social media

New York, NY (CNN Business) — A senior Facebook executive said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday that the company will never be able to control all the content on its site, and may be open to regulation as lawmakers continue to crack down on the tech giant. Facebook's (FB) vice president...

Facebook Whistleblower interview aired the night before Monday's Facebook outage [EDIT]

Edit: Santosh Janardhan, VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, explained in a blog post that the cause for Monday's outage was due to "configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers". Our services are now back online and we’re actively working to fully return them...