HuffPost: Facebook’s ‘Digital Colonialism’ Made Monday’s Outage A Crisis For The World

HuffPost: Facebook’s ‘Digital Colonialism’ Made Monday’s Outage A Crisis For The World. “The Facebook outage that struck Monday morning and lasted throughout the day was ultimately a minor inconvenience for most Americans. But in countries like Brazil, it caused a destabilizing and disorienting seven hours ― not because Facebook.com was gone, but because WhatsApp, the messaging service the company also owns, suddenly went offline along with it. Still largely an afterthought in the United States, WhatsApp has grown into one of the world’s most vital communications services. More than 2 billion people ― 1 in 4 people on the planet ― use it. Brazil and India alone are home to nearly one-quarter of them.”

NiemanLab: When Facebook went down this week, traffic to news sites went up

NiemanLab: When Facebook went down this week, traffic to news sites went up. “On August 3, 2018, Facebook went down for 45 minutes. That’s a little baby outage compared to the one this week, when, on October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down for more than five hours. Three years ago, the 45-minute Facebook break was enough to get people to go read news elsewhere, Chartbeat‘s Josh Schwartz wrote for us at the time. So what happened this time around? For a whopping five-hours-plus, people read news, according to data Chartbeat gave us this week. (And they went to Twitter; Chartbeat saw Twitter traffic up 72%.”

Brian Krebs: What Happened to Facebook, Instagram, & WhatsApp?

Brian Krebs: What Happened to Facebook, Instagram, & WhatsApp?. “Facebook and its sister properties Instagram and WhatsApp are suffering from ongoing, global outages. We don’t yet know why this happened, but the how is clear: Earlier this morning, something inside Facebook caused the company to revoke key digital records that tell computers and other Internet-enabled devices how to find these destinations online.”

TechCrunch: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down simultaneously in multiple countries

I don’t usually cover outages but this one is so large I think it merits a mention. TechCrunch: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down simultaneously in multiple countries. “Not much more to update yet but we’re seeing and getting word from others that multiple Google services have gone down. Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google Docs are all experiencing outages, with dozens, even hundreds, of reports we’ve seen so far coming in from across Europe, the US, Canada, India, South Africa, countries in Central and South America, Australia and likely more.”

BetaNews: Cloudflare and the Internet Archive are working together to help make the web more reliable

BetaNews: Cloudflare and the Internet Archive are working together to help make the web more reliable. “The Wayback Machine has been archiving much of the web for over 20 years now and has cached 468 billion pages to date, with more than a billion new URLs being added every day. As part of this new tie up, sites that make use of Cloudflare’s Always Online service will have their content automatically archived, and if the original host isn’t available, then the Internet Archive will step in to provide the pages.”

CNN: Google Drive outages reported across the US

CNN: Google Drive outages reported across the US. “Google Drive wasn’t loading for thousands of users across the United States on Tuesday — the first day of remote school work for many students and teachers. More than 3,000 people reported Google Drive issues on the service-tracking site DownDetector. The reports started rolling in around 10am ET, and most of them noted that the app wasn’t loading.”

BetaNews: As coronavirus forces millions to work from home, Microsoft Teams suffers major outages

BetaNews: As coronavirus forces millions to work from home, Microsoft Teams suffers major outages. “Just as millions of people settle into the idea of remote working or learning, many for the first time, Microsoft Teams is suffering with major problems. Users found that they were unable to send messages via Teams, and were met instead by a notification reading: ‘we’re sorry — we’ve run into an issue’.”

CNET: WordPress outage floods premium blogs with images of succulents

CNET: WordPress outage floods premium blogs with images of succulents. “Succulents were front and center Tuesday after a WordPress outage led some sites to revert to default themes. The outage, which occurred on WordPress’ VIP Go platform, caused premium blogs to show 503 errors or go back to WordPress’ default themes. In many cases, sites featured artsy shots of succulents before a fix was issued.”

Statistics Canada’s excuse for database outage not adding up: former chief (Globe and Mail)

The Globe and Mail: Statistics Canada’s excuse for database outage not adding up: former chief. “Statistics Canada’s online database crashed for the second time in two weeks, failing on one of the federal government’s most important days – the unveiling of the budget. The latest data outage started this Wednesday. The failure occurred just days after Statscan’s online database of economic and social information, also known as CANSIM, suffered from a week-long blackout.”