Facebook and other brands (Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger and Oculus) associated to it experienced downtime between 16:00 GMT and 22:00, leaving billions of users stranded. The mainstream social media platform blamed “network issues” for the outage that affected internal systems and complicated efforts to diagnose and resolve the issue.
Some rival social media platforms and their users poked fun at Facebook and Instagram while advocates of bitcoin and blockchain technology seized the opportunity to promote decentralized social networks.
“Facebook-owned Whatsapp being down is a reminder that you and your friends should probably be using a more private, non-profit alternative like @Signalapp anyway (or another open-source app of your choice).
It’s just as free, and takes like 30 seconds to switch.#facebookdown”
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 4, 2021
“Retweet if you think it is a good thing for society that Facebook is down.”
— American screenwriter David Weissman (@davidmweissman) October 4, 2021
Unstoppable Domains founder Matthew Gould explained that the recent downtime highlights the shortcomings of centralized systems.
“Today’s total collapse of Facebook and Instagram, among other apps, illustrates the problem with centralization,” Gould said via email.
He added: “On the decentralized web, or Web 3.0, it would make it easier for users to port their data and contacts over to other services, as they wouldn’t be dependent on Facebook or a Facebook login to contact their friends and family or use their favorite apps.”
Users’ data were not compromised – Facebook
The social media giant announced that the problem has been resolved and tendered an apology to its over 2 billion users.
“To all the people and businesses around the world who depend on us, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms. We’ve been working as hard as we can to restore access, and our systems are now back up and running.”
It also explained that users’ data were not endangered during the downtime.
“We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.”
Blockchain technology is the future
Blockchain technology has many advantages – the most popular is that it helps to document and secure information against hackers, making it a very efficient tool.
CEO Jack Dorsey revealed earlier this year that Twitter is funding a decentralized social media project. The end goal is
“Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard,”Dorsey said in a tweet.
Blockchain technology has already been used successfully for cross-border payments, personal identity security, supply chain and logistics monitoring, elections etc. But in a few years, it could be the backbone of many industries across the world.
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