Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were facing a massive outage today that paralyzed all services offered by the company for over 6 hours. Although all of the company’s social networks are back online, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t stopped losing more than $ 6 billion in just a few hours due to today’s outage.
As reported by Bloomberg, Facebook shares were down nearly 5% on Monday and 15% down from mid-September. As expected, those numbers also impacted Zuckerberg’s value, which ended the day at $ 121.6 billion. Zuckerberg has slipped to 5th place on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a list of the 500 richest people in the world. In fourth place is now Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates with a net worth of 124 billion US dollars.
Users were experiencing problems with Facebook services (including WhatsApp and Instagram) around 8:40 a.m. PT. It wasn’t long before all of the company’s social networks around the world went completely offline. Several users went to Twitter and other social networks to complain about the more than six hours of downtime.
While the exact reasons for the failure remain unclear, Facebook appears to be affected by a DNS problem that has “deleted” the paths to Facebook domains. The company’s internal network was also affected, making the outage even longer and more complicated.
At 6:00 p.m. ET, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were all back online. 9to5Mac reported in detail about today’s Facebook outage, which you can read all about here.
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