The core of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire went down on Monday.
The timing was dubious with Facebook and a company “whistleblower” set to go before Congress the following day.
And now Americans question what the real story is after Congress summoned Big Tech to Capitol Hill and Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all shutdown.
Unless you truly live off the grid, you likely know that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down on Monday for a really long time.
Users were unable to access their feeds, others’ posts, or make their own posts for what seemed like an eternity in the world of social media.
At first many thought they were having internet trouble or maybe their phones weren’t working properly.
Not many could imagine that Instagram and Facebook – two of these biggest social media platforms out there – could just be down, simultaneously for hours on end.
But that is in fact what happened.
On Monday, October 4, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all plunged into the darkness.
Given the power that Mark Zuckerberg lords of the media landscape – and by extension politics and culture worldwide – many couldn’t believe that Facebook could have succumbed to such an outage only hours before a hearing on Capitol Hill.
The hearing came in response to a company “whistleblower” Frances Haugen and recent reports about the harm the social media conglomerate knows it’s doing to young users.
Haugen was revealed on CBS’ “60 minutes” as the person who had anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that Facebook’s own internal research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation, encouraging increased polarization and that Instagram is harmful, specifically to teenage girls’ mental health.
Curiously, given the timing and the calls from Democrats in Washington, D.C. for Big Tech to hand them more censorship powers, many are also speculating about the motives of the “whistleblower” who is advocating the company clamp down on supposed “disinformation” from right-wing voices.
Whatever the case, the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp social media platforms went down hard.
According to outage tracking website, DownDetecter, thousands of users across the globe began reporting outages on the three social media platforms, along with gaming system Oculus, around 11:00 A.M. Eastern time Monday.
At that time a Facebook spokesman tweeted out a message to the world – Twitter was unscathed by the massive blackout – stating that they were aware of folks having trouble and were looking into it.
As the hours passed speculation continued as to just what was happening.
Something large had to be the work of hackers or maybe one of the communist governments Zuckerberg seems to be bowing down to lately or the Democrats he’s kept close with in Washington, D.C.
Facebook took a hit on Wall Street too, as shares fell as much as 5% during Monday’s trading session.
Bloomberg reported in just a few short hours, Zuckerberg had lost about $7 billion of his wealth.
Despite that loss, he still remained in the top wealthiest individuals in the world.
It’s not unusual for websites to experience outages, but one of this magnitude is very rare.
Along with the social media outage, it was reported that T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Google, Twitter, TikTok, Zoom and Amazon Web Services all experienced outages during that time.
Again, leading many to believe this was a much bigger issue than just a “little outage” in Facebook world.
In a blog post Facebook maintained that its engineering teams found that “configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication.
This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”
Whatever the case may be, with all that is happening in the world today an outage like that has many wondering just how easy it really would be for hackers to take down the world’s technology infrastructure.
Some still believe this may have been more than a “mistake” by some Facebook engineers and was really a warning shot from one of the numerous communist “friends” Zuckerberg seems to be keeping these days or even a part of Democrats’ efforts to neuter their political opponents’ ability to mobilize online.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.