Once again, technology proves fallible…


It appears that Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger are not just down – they’re GONE!

According to the backbone of the internet, the Domain Name System (DNS), the domains simply do not exist! More technically, the BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) routes serving Facebook’s authoritative DNS were withdrawn, rendering all Facebook domains invisible and inaccessible.

Whether accidental or deliberate, someone or something canceled them -- for real.

The timing is suspicious because the outage comes, coincidently, after the release of damaging insider documents from a whistleblower who debuted on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”


Whistleblower: Facebook is misleading the public on progress against hate speech, violence, misinformation

Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, “conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.” Scott Pelley reports.

Scott Pelley: Her name is Frances Haugen. That is a fact that Facebook has been anxious to know since last month when an anonymous former employee filed complaints with federal law enforcement. The complaints say Facebook's own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest—but the company hides what it knows. One complaint alleges that Facebook's Instagram harms teenage girls. What makes Haugen's complaints unprecedented is the trove of private Facebook research she took when she quit in May. The documents appeared first, last month, in the Wall Street Journal.

Frances Haugen: The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money. 

Frances Haugen is 37, a data scientist from Iowa with a degree in computer engineering and a Harvard master's degree in business. For 15 years she's worked for companies including Google and Pinterest.

Frances Haugen: I've seen a bunch of social networks and it was substantially worse at Facebook than anything I'd seen before.

Scott Pelley: You know, someone else might have just quit and moved on. And I wonder why you take this stand.

Frances Haugen: Imagine you know what's going on inside of Facebook and you know no one on the outside knows. I knew what my future looked like if I continued to stay inside of Facebook, which is person after person after person has tackled this inside of Facebook and ground themselves to the ground.

Scott Pelley: When and how did it occur to you to take all of these documents out of the company?

Frances Haugen: At some point in 2021, I realized, "Okay, I'm gonna have to do this in a systemic way, and I have to get out enough that no one can question that this is real."

<See the interview and read the full transcript: Source>

Bottom line…

Facebook, its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and customers are ZUCKED! A lesson in single-point “chokehold” failures.

Even Facebook employees trying to enter their buildings or use any of their Facebook tools and messaging systems are said to be affected. 

Luckily, the engineers at Facebook fixed the problem after the hours-long disappearance. How much time, effort, and money could have been lost if the problem persisted for days or weeks?

-- steve

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