WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram faced global outage last night (October 4), The outage lasted for a good span of several hours. This left Twitter as the only big social media platform standing. Netizens bombarded Twitter with memes, #mondaymotivation jokes and some well-timed potshots at Facebook. Among those who are having some fun at the expense of Facebook was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
There is a screenshot floating on Twitter showing that Facebook.com is no longer part of the DNS records and that the domain name is available for sale. Of course, that is not accurate. Facebook’s DNS servers and records are unreachable, but the domain is secure and cannot be bought. However, that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from sharing the screenshots. Even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted the photo.
He wrote: “How much” while retweeting the photo that says facebook.com is on sale.
Twitter’s official handle wrote: “Hello literally everyone.” to which Instagram had a hilarious reply:
Soon after, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger were reported to be down as well globally, cyber experts have pointed towards DNS related issue that has caused the massive outage on Monday. In particular, there are two terms coming up again and again: DNS and BGP.
It is important to note that even though the DNS servers of Facebook seem to have vanished and are no longer connected to the Internet, those of WhatsApp and Instagram can still be reached. However, they seem to throw other errors, indicating that internally something has gone wrong with Facebook servers.
So, was it a hacking attempt or a job went wrong?