Why Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram All Went Down on Monday

Facebook, your uncle's favourite source of information about 5G and how it is making everyone communist, was down for six hours Monday. It wasn't just Facebook that went down. Instagram and WhatsApp were also affected. Facebook finally issued a statement overnight about the incident, stating that some configuration changes were made to the backbone routers of the company.


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We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the outage on our platforms today. Facebook released an overnight statement that stated that they have been doing everything possible to restore access and that the systems are back up and running.

According to the statement, the underlying cause of this outage also affected many of our internal tools and systems that we use every day, which made it difficult for us to quickly diagnose the problem and fix it.

Multiple reports indicate that these internal tools included the ability to access servers.

Engineering teams discovered that configuration changes made to the backbone routers, which coordinate network traffic between our data centres, caused problems that disrupted this communication. Facebook stated that this disruption in network traffic caused a cascading effect, which halted our services.

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Facebook claims that all should be back to normal and that it does not have any evidence that user data was stolen. There were rumors that Facebook was under attack by the state, but these rumors turned out to be false.

We are currently working to bring our services back to normal operations. We are stating at this point that we believe that the root cause for this outage was a bad configuration change. Facebook stated that there is no evidence that user data was lost due to the downtime.

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Every day, people and businesses all over the globe rely on us to keep them connected. We are aware of the devastating effects that outages like this can have on people's lives and it is our responsibility to inform people about any disruptions to our services. Facebook stated that they were sorry for the inconvenience caused and are working to find out more information about it so we can make our infrastructure more resilient.

Facebook is experiencing a terrible week. It's only Tuesday. It's only Tuesday. Who knows what the week holds? Yes, that's right. The Senate is currently hearing testimony from the whistleblower who used Facebook to smuggle tens of thousands more documents.

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Zuck, best of luck. You're going to need it.

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