With Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms still down in large parts of the world, Doug Madory, director of internet analytics for Kentik Inc., says it looks like the routes Facebook advertises online that point to the whole Internet how to access its properties is not. available.
Madory says it appears the DNS routes Facebook is making available to the networking world have been taken down. The domain name system is an integral part of how Internet traffic is routed. DNS translates an address such as “facebook.com” to an IP address such as 126.96.36.1990. If Facebook’s DNS records are gone, no one can find them.
Facebook took to Twitter to let users know about its difficulties:
We are aware that some people have difficulty accessing our applications and products. We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
– Facebook Facebook) October 4, 2021
Twitter, meanwhile, rang out from the company’s main Twitter account, posting “literally hello everyone” as jokes and memes about the Facebook outage flooded the platform.
hello literally everyone
– Twitter (@Twitter) October 4, 2021
Facebook is going through a separate major crisis after whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, provided the Wall Street Journal with internal documents that exposed the company’s awareness of the damage done by its products and decisions. Haugen released the “60 Minutes” Sunday.
Haugen has also anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement, alleging that Facebook’s own research shows how it amplifies hate and misinformation, leads to increased polarization, and that Instagram, in particular, can be harmful to health. mental adolescent.
The Journal’s articles, titled “The Facebook Files,” paint a portrait of a business focused on growth and its own interests above the public good. Facebook has tried to minimize the search. Nick Clegg, the company’s vice president of policy and public affairs, wrote to Facebook employees on Friday in a note that “Social media has had a big impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where much of this debate takes place. “
AP, ToI staff