Life without Facebook? Social network outage triggers moans and soul searching
Facebook grappled Thursday with a widespread outage, forcing millions of people to taste life without the world’s largest social media platform.
It was probably the last thing Facebook needed as it stumbles from problem to problem, including outrage over its use of customers’ private data.
The outage began Wednesday afternoon and triggered a flood of gripes on downdetector.com, which tracks trouble accessing online pages, and on rival Twitter.
A Downdetector map late Wednesday showed Facebook service troubles persisting in parts of Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America.
As of early Thursday the problem remained in parts of Europe and Asia, although moaning from America and else where kept coming.
“You guys should look in the mirror at yourselves and hear how you sound,” a person with the handle Johanna wrote on Downdetector around 07.
“You make it sound as if it’s the end of the world just because you can’t be on Facebook. Lmfao. Get a real life instead of a digital one!?!?!?”
Another whose handle is Palmina D’Allesandro mused that time without Mark Zuckerberg’s baby might have been good for making the real, human kind.
“Up and running here…..for now…..But I predict a baby boom in 9 months, Remember that day FB went down and people were forced to notice each other?”, this person wrote.
Some media outlets branded the outage as the biggest in Facebook’s history.
The outage, of unknown origin, also affected Facebook-owned Instagram, as well as Messenger, although Instagram later said it was back up.
In some cases the apps could be accessed but would not load posts or handle missives.
Source : AFP