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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 08:58 AM

Facebook and Instagram suffer most severe outage ever

Source: BBC News


Dave Lee
North America technology reporter

4 hours ago

Facebook appears to be recovering from a more than 14-hour disruption to all of its products that left them mostly inaccessible across the world.

The company's main social network, its two messaging apps and image-sharing site Instagram were all affected.

Facebook has yet to offer an explanation for the outage.

The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users - compared with around 2.3bn monthly users today.

The problems began yesterday afternoon, and only showed real signs of recovery this morning. They meant core platforms many people rely on every day to communicate were rendered mostly useless.



Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47562281

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:01 AM

1. Oh, the humanities! n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:16 AM

2. It is a big deal -- many small businesses use Facebook

And, this has given a not-insignificant hit to revenue. Especially since it is completely fixed even this morning.

Many people use FB as a no-cost way to keep in touch with loved ones in other countries and other parts of the US.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:21 AM

7. I really wish these "small businesses"

and other entities WOULDN'T use Facebook for their internet "presence" for retail - just based on all the bullshit that the company has done with personal info.

I expect they figure that they can get more traffic going that route but IMHO, they should start looking at some other solution.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:17 AM

3. My 96-year-old mother was in a panic.

Something is wrong with my computer! Help! I can't get Facebook to work!

I told her it wasn't her computer, and to remember when she grew up with an outhouse and a wood stove and a party-line telephone on the farm. We had a good laugh.

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Response to Croney (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:20 AM

6. And two tin cans with a string worked! As a little kid, that was fun!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:18 AM

4. Yep. Checked downforeveryoneorjustme.com around noon. It was dead into the evening.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:18 AM

5. I had to talk to people!

Horrors! lol

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:35 AM

8. Your grandmother would probably prefer a visit to a tweet...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:37 AM

9. Outage within hours that federal investigation is announced?

WEIRD!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 10:31 AM

10. I was thankful that I still had the Myspace account. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 10:45 AM

11. When your data mining site goes down you only have old data for sale.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 10:50 AM

12. It was annoying as hell, as I have pages to admin

But it seems to up at the moment.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:05 AM

13. OMG! WHAT WILL I DO?

If facebook is that important to "small businesses" and the economy that an outage can cause "devastating harm to small and some large businesses, maybe it's time to turn it over to the government and have it regulated. Privatization the last few decades hasn't worked real well.

We certainly don't want business people jumping out 30 story windows, cutting their wrists or enlisting the aid of the NRA's favorite product to do away with themselves because...or people who can't get their daily fix of cartoons, gossip or whatever and have apoplectic fits...

Let's face it, many "home and small businesses" aren't paying for the service, aren't paying taxes and probably don't even report income for tax purposes. Best of all worlds for someone to sell their junk online and not legally report anything unless they get caught. But bitch if someone want to take away their freedom to rip others off.

Love the excuses. My business depends on facebook. My communication with mom, dad, sis, bro, cousin, aunt, uncle, friend, total stranger and their pet, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

Of course, maybe there are already too many small businesses using the "free" service so that the extra load can't be taken care of by greedy facebook owners. I guess the solution would be to have the public pay for Zuck to add more servers, techs and especially investors but keep control until the next big outage. Then he could ask for a fee to use facebook in addition to even more ads.

Maybe if facebook were added to the amendments it would give those gun nuts serious competition.

Cue the criers in 3...2...1..

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Response to moonseller66 (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:13 AM

14. I happen to agree with you. I don't use Facebook and I'm fine. eom.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:26 AM

15. I guess it took 14 hours for Putin to pull everybody's personal data from FB servers.

Now he knows everything about everybody, down to toilet habits and sexual preferences.

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