Social Media Crash: What will be the Consequences?

Society | October 5, 2021, Tuesday // 18:30
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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are already working. There is no information about compromised user data after nearly six hours of application shutdown. An hour ago, the hearing of the former Facebook employee began in the US Congress, who revealed inside information and accused Zuckerberg and the company of putting profit above security.

How did the disruption of people's social networks affect the consequences and what will be the consequences?

"Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are back online. I'm sorry for the interruption today - I know how much you rely on our services to keep in touch with the people you care about."

This is the apology of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, for the almost six-hour interruption of the social network and related applications. A technical problem that affected not only the services of the platform, but also the internal network - such as access passwords and emails of employees. The reason - a change in the settings of the routers on the main network of Facebook - this is the official explanation of the problem.

"DNS, or the domain name system, is something like your phone book. The system" translates "those domain names that are easy to remember and write to the IP addresses that computers use. That means you type." Facebook dot com "but you don't get the right phone number and that's why you can't get in there," said Candid West, a cybersecurity specialist.

Since the collapse of services affected about 3.5 billion people worldwide. And this is not just about personal communication. Many small businesses use only the services of FB to reach their customers, so the potential losses for them are not small.

This is not the first interruption of the social network. Now, however, its scale is striking. According to Downdeketer, an application that monitors such crashes has registered more than 10 million and 600 thousand signals of problems with Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp.

"The reason we are talking about what happened is the radical size and monopoly with which Facebook and other applications have entangled our own and many other societies," said John Bambenek, an IT security expert.

The interruption of Facebook caused a lot of funny posts and comments on Twitter and alternative platforms.

According to analysts, the immediate loss to Zuckerberg is about $ 6 billion.

Francis Haugan, a former employee of the company, who a few days ago accused Zuckerberg and company of short-sighted practices and concealment of information, is already speaking before the Congress. According to her, her former employers pose an "urgent threat" to the United States. According to Haugan, transparency and regulation of the social network are needed.

/BNT

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