Published 2021-10-05
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Facebook Seven Hour Shut Down! Who Is Behind The World's Biggest Outage?

Facebook’s Whistleblower

Many had pointed out that it was a weird coincidence that all these sites went down a day after Frances Hague, a former product manager on Facebook’s civic integrity team, revealed herself to be the whistleblower behind the numerous internal documents that were cited in The Wall Street Journal’s “The Facebook Files” series of reports. On her personal website, she shared that during her time at the company, she “became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing their own profits over public safety - putting people’s lives at risk.” One Instagram employee that spoke with CNBC revealed that there were talks that this was karma, but adding that they felt bad for any creators or brands who had ad campaigns scheduled to roll out on Monday.

The Worst Outage

Many had pointed out that this was the worst outage in the company’s history since 2008 when a bug had knocked Facebook offline for about a day. But it is worth pointing out that back then it was just Facebook that was affected and that at the time it only had 80 million users, and it was not the kind of social media presence that it is today on which many rely as a source of income. A similar thing had happened in 2019 as well when the site was down for an hour and with some users experiencing issues for about 24 hours. At the time they had blamed a server configuration change for that outage. Though with this most recent outage Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer tweeted his severe apologies to everyone impacted by the outages and added that they were experiencing networking issues and that teams were working as fast as possible to debut and restore as fast as possible. But people weren’t satisfied with that and soon conspiracy theories started going around the web. Read on to find out what they were.

Facebook’s Whistleblower
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