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Odishatv Bureau

The shocking global outage of the popular messenger app WhatsApp, as well as Instagram and Facebook for nearly six hours on Monday night, triggered a massive outrage across the globe.

Netizens in Odisha too expressed their resentment over the development even though the three social media platforms reconnected to the global internet early on Tuesday morning.

The social media platforms had crashed for users worldwide making people unable to send or receive new messages, or refresh their feeds.

Reaction:-

According to website monitoring group Downdetector, it was the biggest such failure the company had ever seen, as reported by news giant Reuters.

Twitterati took to the micro-blogging platform to discuss the interruption and voiced their thoughts about the company.

The development triggered tension because the outage of such a scale was unprecedented. People nowadays are too much dependent on social media even for slightest of affairs like reaching out to family members and seeking help. But such outage is really concerning, said social media user Bulbul Mohanty.

Supriti Das, another social media user from Bhubaneswar also echoed such concerning feelings in her reaction over the outage of the social media platform activities.

Cyber expert Prasant Sahu said the outage was a cerebral shock for businesses not only Facebook and other socia media giants but others using marketplaces, insta for their commercial activities.

Twitter, Google and Zomato also took shots at the outage.

Zuckerberg Suffers Massive Loss:-

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Facebook, later apologized to users worldwide for the disruption.

"Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now. Sorry for the disruption today — I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

As per a Bloomberg report, Zuckerberg's personal wealth fell by more than $6 billion in the hours the three social media platforms went down. Facebook’s stock also fell down by 4.9% on Monday.

Why It Happened?

The global outage came just a day after a whistleblower blamed Facebook for giving more priorities to profit over dealing with misinformation and hate speech.

According to AFP, the company blamed the major outage on router work. However, experts also believe it could have been a DNS mishap. Security experts suspect an internal mistake or sabotage could also have been a reason behind the incident.

As per sources, there are a total of 285 crore active subscribers of Facebook all over the world with India alone accounting for over 40 crore users. Likewise, there are more than 200 crore users of messaging platform WhatsApp across the world with one-fourth of all subscribers from India alone. 

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