After a bad day, Facebook suffers major outage

CNN (10/05/2021)
  • Following Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment featuring ex-employee Frances Haugen claiming Facebook platforms intentionally spread hate and misinformation, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffered 6-hour outages the next day.
  • Facebook claims the outages were sparked by disruptive changes on backbone routers coordinating network traffic between data centers.
  • This disruption caused failing Domain Name Systems (DNS), which translates website names into IP addresses recognizable by computers.
  • Facebook platforms were fully restored by 6:30 PM EST; there’s no evidence that user data was compromised during the downtime.