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posted by martyb on Monday October 04 2021, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the What's-up?-Not-WhatsApp dept.

What Happened to Facebook, Instagram, & WhatsApp?:

Facebook and its sister properties Instagram and WhatsApp are suffering from ongoing, global outages. We don't yet know why this happened, but the how is clear: Earlier this morning, something inside Facebook caused the company to revoke key digital records that tell computers and other Internet-enabled devices how to find these destinations online.

Doug Madory is director of internet analysis at Kentik, a San Francisco-based network monitoring company. Madory said at approximately 11:39 a.m. ET today (15:39 UTC), someone at Facebook caused an update to be made to the company's Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records. BGP is a mechanism by which Internet service providers of the world share information about which providers are responsible for routing Internet traffic to which specific groups of Internet addresses.

In simpler terms, sometime this morning Facebook took away the map telling the world's computers how to find its various online properties. As a result, when one types Facebook.com into a web browser, the browser has no idea where to find Facebook.com, and so returns an error page.

In addition to stranding billions of users, the Facebook outage also has stranded its employees from communicating with one another using their internal Facebook tools. That's because Facebook's email and tools are all managed in house and via the same domains that are now stranded.

[...] This is a developing story and will likely be updated throughout the day.

Also at: C|Net and Ars Technica.


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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday October 04 2021, @07:56PM (15 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 04 2021, @07:56PM (#1184223) Journal

    The loss of access to facebook represents an incalculable loss to the entire planet.

    How can humans survive without Facebook being online? There seems to be no possible way. This could be what brings an end to the human race.

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by edIII on Monday October 04 2021, @08:01PM (2 children)

    by edIII (791) on Monday October 04 2021, @08:01PM (#1184231)

    Pornhub is still online so there is still hope

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    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Gaaark on Monday October 04 2021, @10:32PM (1 child)

      by Gaaark (41) on Monday October 04 2021, @10:32PM (#1184304) Journal

      Your grandmother just celebrated her 100th birthday and got naked and hog-tied... celebrate with her!

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      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @03:53AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @03:53AM (#1184359)

        So you already knew Pornhub was still on-line.

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Monday October 04 2021, @08:11PM

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Monday October 04 2021, @08:11PM (#1184239)

    This could be what brings an end to the human race.

    And this is bad how?

    Remember: it's the same human race that invented, then couldn't get enough of Facebook. One wonders if it's worth saving.

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Rich on Monday October 04 2021, @08:16PM (3 children)

    by Rich (945) on Monday October 04 2021, @08:16PM (#1184242) Journal

    This could be what brings an end to the human race.

    That's half funny, half serious. Among the huge number of users will be a good amount of businesses. That sort which isn't able or willing to set up a full web site, or even too lazy to maintain working e-mail, and bonus points if they substituted mail with WhatsApp. Local building companies, facility services, that stuff. Who rely on FB for order lists.

    We've seen (from semiconductors to truck drivers) that the entire industrial sector is so just-in-time that a little bump can cause a massive ripple. Any guess what hit the worldwide supply chains would take if FB/WA go dark for a week?

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday October 05 2021, @12:10AM (2 children)

      by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Tuesday October 05 2021, @12:10AM (#1184327) Homepage
      A lot of the nearby restaurants use facebook to announce their daily special lunch offers on facebook. A couple of people have created portals/scrapers that merge all that information into a couple of huge lists. This is almost invaluable to me - if you can cream the best off the top, lunch is the best meal of the day almost every day.

      Most restaurants don't feel the need to have ephemeral content on their own webpages, so alas that means we're all a slave to Facebook.

      So failures like this can be a bit of a bummer. If I've missed a duck breast and parsnip mash with cherry sauce, I'm gonna be pissed off.
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      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @02:15AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @02:15AM (#1184348)

        > ... parsnip mash ...

        I hate parsnips and ignore FB. For some reason I haven't figured out, parsnips taste, to me, like eating dirt. Yuck! Otherwise, I eat all kinds of things, had a great week in Taiwan where they eat all sorts of stuff that we don't usually see in USA.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 06 2021, @03:38AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 06 2021, @03:38AM (#1184614)

          It's because they do taste like dirt. Some people like dirt.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04 2021, @08:58PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04 2021, @08:58PM (#1184263)

    Well what do you know? That Republican cancel culture really did take them down! Quick, head to Parler! (or is it Parlor?)

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04 2021, @09:21PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04 2021, @09:21PM (#1184270)

      (or is it Parlor?)

      Pretty sure it's Parklour, or Parlkour, one of those. They run their own GBP, too, and many of their techies are dylsexic.

  • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Monday October 04 2021, @11:17PM

    by RS3 (6367) on Monday October 04 2021, @11:17PM (#1184315)

    I thought Facebook's existence was the beginning of the end to the human race.

    Oh, now I see how this works. Facebook is the Titanic of modern anthropology.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @12:19AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @12:19AM (#1184328)

    I sense a great disturbance in the Face.

    • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Tuesday October 05 2021, @04:14AM (2 children)

      by RS3 (6367) on Tuesday October 05 2021, @04:14AM (#1184362)

      I sense a great disturbance in the Farce.

      FTFY

      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @04:07PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @04:07PM (#1184481)

        You didn't get the whole thing! Here, let me help:

        I sense a great disturbance in the Farce as if millions of conspiracy theorists suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

        No need to thank me.

        • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Tuesday October 05 2021, @09:48PM

          by RS3 (6367) on Tuesday October 05 2021, @09:48PM (#1184557)

          No need, but I'll thank you anyway. :)