Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp all experienced an outage. Four services, but one company. It not only affected the Facebook service, but other services that rely on it, as Facebook is often used as a ‘quick’ login for other apps. And WhatsApp is critical communications for many countries, with 1 billion users, 700 million in India alone.
Before yesterday’s Facebook outage, there were big outages for Verizon, Google’s Gmail, and Google’s YouTube.
Was it hackers? They’re an easy suspect, but usually not, for large tech institutions. Usually internal, usually sometimes simple. But it does serve as a wake-up call for how much we rely on these services.