By Ron Howells • 04 October 2021 • 22:50
Facebook has dispatched a technical team to one of its California data centres to try and fix the outage.
Facebook became inaccessible because users were not being directed to the correct place by the Domain Name System (DNS). However, Facebook itself controls the relevant settings, suggesting the problem was an internal one. The company sent a team of technicians to one of its data centres in California to physically reset its servers minutes not long after the whole platform went offline globally.
Security experts said the disruption could be the result of an internal mistake, though sabotage by an insider would be theoretically possible.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, went down at the same time tonight, Monday, October 4, taking out a vital communications platform used by more than three billion people around the world and adding heat to a company already under much intense scrutiny.
“We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible,” said WhatsApp.
Facebook’s apps — which include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Oculus — began displaying error messages around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, users reported. Within five minutes, Facebook had disappeared from the internet. Hours later, the sites were still not functioning, according to Downdetector, which monitors web traffic and site activity.
Facebook Inc asked a judge on Monday to dismiss the U.S. government’s revised antitrust case that seeks to force the social media giant to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook said in a court filing that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had failed to provide a “plausible factual basis for branding Facebook an unlawful monopolist.” The company added it appears the FTC “had no basis for its naked allegation that Facebook has or had a monopoly.”
The social media giant asked that the lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice, which would make it harder for the agency to amend the lawsuit.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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