Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp wake up after 6 hours without service

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger gradually return to operations after a global drop of more than 6 hours, an unprecedented incident for the California group that affected users in more than 45 countries.

The Facebook family of applications essentially "disappeared" from the Internet for more than 7 hours after a problem in their online routes that prevented users from accessing the sites, according to Cloudflare, a website security company, according to data from the AFP.

Facebook did not say what may have caused the outage, which started around 11:40 a.m. ET and still hasn't been fixed more than six hours later. The company apologized and thanked its users for putting up with it. But fixing it wasn't as simple as flipping a proverbial switch. For some users, WhatsApp was working for a while, then not. For others, Instagram worked, but not Facebook, etc.

Matthew Prince, CEO of Internet infrastructure provider Cloudflare, tweeted that "nothing we see related to the disruption of Facebook services suggests it was an attack." Prince said the most likely explanation was that Facebook mistakenly disconnected from the internet during maintenance.

Facebook did not respond to messages to comment on the attack or the possibility of malicious activity.

The outage came on the same day that Facebook asked a federal judge to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit reviewed against it by the Federal Trade Commission because it faces stiff competition from other services, the AP notes.

London-based internet monitoring firm Netblocks noted that Facebook's plans to merge its platforms, announced in 2019, had raised concerns about the risks of such a move. While such centralization "gives the company a unified view of users' Internet usage habits," it also makes services vulnerable to single points of failure, Netblocks said.

Millionaires loses

The fortune of the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was reduced this Monday by about 5.900 billion dollars after a bad session on Wall Street in which the social network, affected by a scandal about its unethical practices and a global interruption of its services, fell close to 4,9%, highlights EFE.

According to figures from Forbes, this decline means that Zuckerberg's fortune has been at 117.000 million dollars, which relegates him to the sixth place of the richest people in the world.

In the last hours, the technology company was in the eye of the storm after The Wall Street Journal published a series of articles based on internal Facebook reports with scandalous results.

The situation has been aggravated after the informant responsible for leaking the documents to the press, the former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, 37, gave an interview this Sunday to the popular US television program "60 Minutes".

Haugen, who resigned last April from his position on the team in charge of protecting electoral processes on the social network, explained in that interview that during his time at Facebook he was surprised by the lack of will on the part of the company to solve problems that They were causing harm to users, and of which the firm was aware, since the criterion of business benefit always prevailed. 

Internal documents determine that Instagram is harmful for younger users, and especially "toxic" for teenage girls, since it "aggravates" the problems that one in three girls have with their body image. / AGENCIES



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