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People forced to talk to each other after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Stop Working

A DNS error caused Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to stop functioning for 6 hours.

By Kajoli Anand Puri | Published 05 Oct 2021 19:26 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were down for 6 hours on Monday, causing the company’s stocks to plummet.

  • This is reportedly due to a DNS error.

  • Facebook lost approximately 6 Billion USD during this outage.

People forced to talk to each other after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Stop Working
People forced to talk to each other after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Stop Working

In a horrific turn of events on Monday night, people were forced to talk to each other when Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp all went down due to a DNS issue. A DNS is a company’s Domain Name System, and it is needed for a website or app to function. This is because DNS errors make it impossible for users to navigate through the app or website, as there is no functioning address for the same. The Facebook outage caused a lot of people to panic as social media has become such a major part of our lives. 

Official Tweet from Facebook

Official Tweet from Facebook

DNS error causes global sleep deprivation

Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram went down around 9 pm, and the unavailability of these apps lasted for six hours. As a result, human civilization succumbed to spontaneous insomnia, as there was nothing to distract us from the existential dread of our lives and help us fall asleep. The WhatsApp outage was a big, big deal here in India, as a lot of people use the app as their de facto messaging app. 

“I lay in bed for hours, staring at the ceiling. My mind was filled with a buzz of thoughts and I had no coffee photographs to turn to. It was horrible” said a 26-year-old engineer from Delhi. 

Humans forced to talk to each other after Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp Stop Working

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” said a 19-year-old student from Mumbai as she struggled to hold back tears. 

Major Losses for Facebook

The social media blackout caused the tech giant and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to lose approximately 6 Billion dollars in business, as not only were the social sites down, but Facebook’s professionals could not access emails or even enter the building during this time. This is presumably because Facebook’s security is linked to the same DNS as the website.

Major Losses for Facebook

Official Tweet from WhatsApp

Facebook is currently embroiled in a controversy over the impact of its products, and a hearing with a whistleblower from the company is scheduled for Tuesday. 

Also Read: Facebook announces end-to-end encryption for video and voice calls on Messenger

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