Facebook’s family of apps essentially “disappeared” from the internet for several hours after a traffic routing problem, according to Cloudflare, a website security company, made websites inaccessible to users.
Facebook battled dueling crises on Monday as it tried to fix a large-scale outage of its dominant social network and battled the devastating revelations of a whistleblower.
Many long-held fears and criticisms of the platform seem from Facebook was based on own research, which ex-employee Frances Haugen handed over to authorities and the Wall Street Journal.
But as US Senators prepared for their eagerly awaited testimony on Tuesday, Facebook struggled with it ‘Ending an hour’ long downtime that could affect tens of millions of users on its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp.
“Frank My apologies to everyone currently affected by outages in Facebook-based services, “Mike Schroepfer, the company’s chief technologist y official tweeted.
” We have network problems and those Teams are working as quickly as possible to fix bugs and get them back as soon as possible, “he said, repeating similar statements from Instagram and WhatsApp.
Tracker Downdetector said 10.6 million reports of problems from from the United States and Europe to Colombia and Singapore> Users who tried to access Facebook in the affected areas were greeted with the message: “Something went wrong. We’re working on it and will fix it asap. “
Facebook hasn’t disclosed the possible cause of the outage, but cybersecurity experts have found that they have found signs online of routes leading people to the social giant , were interrupted.
“Facebook and related properties have disappeared from the internet in a deluge of BGP updates,” tweeted John Graham-Cumming, chief technology officer of the web company Cloudflare.
Facebook has pushed back hard on outrage over its practices and effects, but this is only the most recent crisis that hit the business.
US lawmakers have been threatening to regulate Facebook and other social media for years. Media giants to counter the criticism that the platforms are trampling on privacy, providing a megaphone for dangerous misinformation and damaging the well-being of young people.
After years of crisis, Targeting social media without major legislative revisions, some experts were skeptical that change was coming.
“This is a sit. There will be a lot of smoke and anger but not a lot of action,” said Mark Hass, Professor at Arizona State University
Sense of Pressure
“It will have to come down to the platforms that feel the pressure of their users, feel the pressure of their employees,” he added and noted that the authorities cannot regulate content effectively.
Haugen, a 37-year-old data scientist from Iowa, has worked for companies like Google and Pinterest, but said in an interview with the CBS News broadcast “60 Minutes” that Facebook was “way worse” than anything it had seen before.
Facebook’s vice president of politics and global affairs, Nick Clegg, vehemently denied claims that its platforms were for Teenagers are “toxic” days after one r tense, hour-long hearing in Congress in which US lawmakers informed the company about its impact on the mental health of young users.
Senators blew Antigone Davis the social media giant about last week Scathing reports that Facebook’s own research warned of potential harm.
Davis told lawmakers that a survey of teenagers on 12 serious problems including anxiety, sadness, and eating disorders showed Instagram is helpful to them in general .
Still, Senator Richard Blumenthal read excerpts from company documents that he said leaked to lawmakers from a Facebook whistleblower who contradicted her directly.
“Substantial Evidence suggests that experiences on Instagram and Facebook make physical dissatisfaction worse, “he said, adding that the result was not a complaint from any upset skilled worker, but a company research.