We all woke-up and couldn’t access or heard that Facebook and Instagram had been down for about and hour across the globe denying it’s billion of user access to the social media sites. After a quick check we found out that other social media site like Tinder and Hipchat who depends on Facebook for connectivity were also affected. Users worldwide experienced issues connecting to Facebook, Instagram and Tinder, on the Web and via mobile apps. However, Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp is running fine.
However, according to Facebook the downtime was as a result of a technical flaw which was caused by routine automated system check – went bad. (See Post)
The intent of the automated system was to check for configuration values that are invalid in the cache and replace them with updated values from the persistent store. This works well for a transient problem with the cache, but it doesn’t work when the persistent store is invalid.
This is no doubt the longest downtime Facebook had experienced in over four years which lasted for approximately 2.5 hours. While this was on people had no option but to switch to Twitter to post their selfies, and of-course share their thoughts on the issue while it lasted.
While security seems to be the watch word this year, I guess it’s time we all take our online security concerns very serious.
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