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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: 5, Funny) by driverless on Tuesday October 05 2021, @06:37AM (2 children)

    by driverless (4770) on Tuesday October 05 2021, @06:37AM (#1184374)

    First they came for the neo-nazis, but I didn't say anything because I wasn't a neo-nazi.
    Then they came for the white supremacists, but I didn't say anything because I wasn't a white supremacist.
    Then they came for the antivaxxers, but I didn't say anything because I wasn't an antivaxxer.
    Then they came for the homophobes and Islamophobes and ..., but I didn't say anything because I wasn't a homophobe or Islamophobe or ....
    Then they came for the Russian trolls, but I didn't say anything because I wasn't a Russian troll.
    Then they came for the conspiracy theorists, but I didn't say anything because I wasn't a conspiracy theorist.
    Then I looked around Facebook, and there was no-one left.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @07:28AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @07:28AM (#1184380)

    To be modded up, as Funny, or Interesting, or Touche, by those who have not yet been banned from moderation for being opposed to one of the named parties. I would say, "See you on Facebook!", but, you know, not. Throw a coin to the Witcher.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday October 05 2021, @11:10AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 05 2021, @11:10AM (#1184414) Journal

    Then I looked around Facebook, and there was no-one left.

    But, well, you hadn't been saying anything all along, so no skin off your teeth, right?