Facebook Explains Cause of Global 7-Hour Outage | 22 Words

Facebook has finally released information explaining what caused yesterday's global outage of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp and it's not exactly what we thought it was going to be...

Yesterday, millions of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp users across the globe were unable to access the platforms...

Because for over 6 hours, the sites experienced a worldwide outage.

Now back up and running again, Facebook have explained the cause of the outage.

Scroll on to find out why the crash occurred...

Facebook is really the original social media giant.

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Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2004, it is considered one of the Big Four media giants alongside Amazon, Apple, and Google.

For a long time, it dominated the internet.

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In the early '00s, pretty much everyone was a Facebook addict, spending hours writing on one another's walls and "poking" each other.

The founding of the platform has become something of a legend.

The 2010 biographical drama movie, The Social Network, told the story of how the company was founded by Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg. The movie starred Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake.

Over the years, Zuckerberg has proven himself to be a shrewd businessman.

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And one of the areas in which the Facebook empire has truly excelled in is through clever choices of acquisitions.

In April of 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram.

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The purchase cost one billion dollars and was one of the most expensive social media spends to date. But it's clear that it paid dividends, as Instagram has only grown in popularity since 2012.

And that wasn't their only smart buy.

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In 2014, Facebook acquired chat platform, WhatsApp, for a whopping nineteen billion dollars. Woah. 

In recent years, Zuckerberg made the bold decision to merge Facebook with 2 of the most popular and fastest-growing social media platforms out there.

By adding a suffix to their names.

When loading up the likes of Instagram and WhatsApp, users will now see the suffix "from Facebook" underneath.

Just so we don't forget who owns them, right?

Some suspect that there's a specific reason for the change.

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They believe that Facebook is hoping to utilize its sister companies, Instagram and Whatsapp, as a means of gaining some cool points.

As result of his dominance in the world of social media...

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Zuckerbergs success has continued to grow and so has his wealth...

As Zuckerberg is now a centibillionaire.

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This means his fortune has surpassed 100 billion dollars, the Guardian reports.

He joins the ranks of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

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It's a truly mind-boggling amount of wealth.

The news of Zuckerberg's wealth status followed his announcement that he would be launching a rival to TikTok.

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The Tik Tok alternative is Instagram Reels.

And despite having a high competition to compete with, Reels have proved to be highly popular.

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People can't get enough of them.

It's safe to say that Mark Zuckerberg's social media empire is one of the most successful out there.

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But, even in the most successful companies things can go wrong sometimes, as we found out yesterday.

You may have noticed that yesterday, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp suffered an outage lasting more than 6 hours.

As a worldwide crash occurred.

Downdetector, a site that tracks outages, said that around 10.6 million problem reports were made around the world, the BBC reports.

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With many people finding themselves cut off from connecting with friends and family.

Thankfully, the platforms are now up and running again.

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Zuckerberg ironically took to Facebook to issue a statement about the disruption and announce that 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."

And now, Facebook has answered the question that has been on everyones lips...

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What happened yesterday?

Issuing an "update about the October 4th outage," Facebook explained that "configuration changes" caused problems.

The update began by apologizing for the outage and explaining that employees have "been working as hard as we can to restore access, and our systems are now back up and running."

"The underlying cause of this outage also impacted many of the internal tools and systems we use in our day-to-day operations, complicating our attempts to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem."

It then explained that "engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication."

"This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt," the update read.

The statement also noted that, despite rumors circulating that a data leak took place, there is no evidence of that.

"We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change," it read. "We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime."

How did you find the outage? Did it give you a chance to switch off from the world of social media?