Facebook Confirms Major Shutdown Was A Maintenance Error

No external threat

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Facebook has confirmed the Tuesday’s global outage which took down Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp was due to an internal error.

The major outage last for six hours and was the largest the tech giant had experienced, with staff unable to access internal tools to identify the issue.

Facebook confirms major shutdown was a maintenance error

The extent of the issue had tech expert, Trevor Long theorising that the outage was caused by malicious activity.

“Either a human error, so let’s say an engineer was typing a bit of code and it caused an outage, now if it was that, I think it would be fixed by now. This has been about four hours since it’s been down so my gut feeling it’s something more sinister perhaps some form of attack.”

Vice President of Facebook Engineering Santosh Janardhan said engineers issued a command with accidentally disconnected the three social media sites.

He confirmed it wasn’t due to an external threat and social media users’ data hadn’t been compromised.

The engineering error was estimated to have cost Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg around $9.5 Billion AUD.

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6 October 2021

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