Facebook and its other owned Apps faced a major outage yesterday and millions of users around the world could not access their accounts. This left people frustrated as their important work was delayed and they had no other option but to keep waiting for the issue to be resolved by the company.
Users on Facebook were shown this message:
“Facebook Will Be Back Soon” – Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you’re seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site.
Even Instagram was down for many users who had failed to login into the account repeatedly. User from UK, US and India were among the top to face the issue and they complained on social media all day. Instagram said:
We’re aware of an issue impacting people’s access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP.
Instagram later resolved the bug and replied back on Twitter:
Anddddd… we’re back.
Techcrunch reported on what may have caused the outage:
Routing internet traffic around the world relies on the border gateway protocol (BGP), which manages how internet traffic is routed the internet. BGP relies on trust between network operators to not send incorrect or malicious data. But mistakes happen, and malformed data can form a “route leak” that leads to confusion over where internet traffic should go, and can lead to massive outages.