#facebookdown (2021)

Facebook's Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them.

Raymond Zhong and Adam Satariano, 2021, Facebook's Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them, The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/technology/facebook-down-ig-down-whatsapp-down.html

The Facebook outage on Monday was a planetary-scale demonstration of how essential the company's services have become to daily life. Messenger have long been more than just a way to chat and share photos. They are critical platforms for doing business, arranging medical care, conducting virtual classes, carrying out political campaigns, responding to emergencies and much, much more.

  • In Mexico, politicians were cut off from their constituents.

  • In Turkey and Kenya, shopkeepers couldn't sell their wares.

  • And in Colombia, a nonprofit organization that uses WhatsApp to connect victims of gender-based violence to lifesaving services found its work impaired.

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