My parents remember where they were when most of New York lost power in 1977. I remember where I was when most of the North-Eastern United States lost power in 2003.
For many young people, Wednesday March 13th 2019 will be remembered as the day “IT” happened.
Facebook. Instagram. WhatsApp. Facebook Messenger. All either went down or experienced some sort of complications yesterday. (Somehow Twitter escaped unharmed however)
So what exactly happened yesterday that my 17-year-old neighbor described as “mass hysteria”? (I didn’t even realized still lived next door because I don’t think he has ventured outside since his Bar Mitzvah)
Was it a cyber-attack? Did Skynet become self-aware? Was it Thanos?
Did Tom from MySpace finally get his ultimate revenge on Facebook!?!
According to USA Today, it was nothing as sinister as any of these. It was simply an “accidental traffic jam issue with a European internet company that collided with Facebook and other websites,” according to Roland Dobbins, an engineer with network performance firm Netscout.
“While not malicious in nature, such events can prove disruptive on a widespread basis,” he said.
So just to be clear, they are saying the outage was NOT caused by anything sinister, such as a cyber-attack. Just a hiccup in the system that for some reason is taking longer to fix than normal.
Rob Leathern, Facebook director of product, tweeted early Wednesday afternoon that officials were “also aware that people are experiencing issues with access to our ads interfaces, we’ll share an update as soon as possible.”
Now if it was some sort of massive cyber-attack and not an innocent glitch, I doubt Facebook would let us know anyway. Part of being a publicly traded stock is protecting that stock (and share holders) from massive panic selling.
The outage appears to have been limited to Facebook products and not spread to other forums such as Fortnite. Otherwise, I would be more concerned about chaotic rioting ending Western society as we currently know it.
What are your thoughts on the Facebook outage? Do you think it was an innocent glitch or something more?