Facebook back online after major outage

Facebook servers went down and users all over the world had to anxiously wait for the situation to be resolved
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In what was the second time since 2019 when Facebook had complications and had to go offline for close to 24 hours, the same scenario happened on Monday 4th  October 2021. Worldwide stranded users were left wondering what next as they resorted to other forms of communication such as Twitter and Telegram.

Apparently, Facebook servers went down and users all over the world had to anxiously wait for the situation to be resolved.

Over four hours into the blackout, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer tweeted: “We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.”

It took close to six hours before the situation could get back to normal. The company via its official Twitter account posted saying how sorry they were and how happy they are to announce that Facebook is back. However, no explanation was given as to why the incident had happened in the first place.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also took to his Facebook page to announce the happy news as the services were coming back online.

“Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now,” he wrote. “Sorry for the disruption today — I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about.”

According to the independent the likely cause for Facebook’s going offline is in relation to “Such problems – especially after they have been ongoing for hours – likely indicates there is a major problem with the technology underpinning Facebook’s services.”

This caused a major problem to the millions of people who rely on the platform’s services. The Verge reports to that “ This is the worst outage for Facebook since a 2019 incident took its site offline for more than 24 hours, as the downtime hit hardest on the small businesses and creators who rely on these services for their income.”

Despite the fact that this downtime happened only for six compared to the 24 hours in 2019, The Verge says this is the worst outage for Facebook. A number of businesses and creators were affected.

In an era where most businesses run online and depend on such services, its really a great setback to the businesses involved. This explains the fact why some Twitter reply to Facebook’s post was demanding Facebook to pay for the damages caused.

As per the time of writing this article, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook were fully functioning.

Mayende Collins Israel

Contributor, The Postdale Daily

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