The Facebook Outage Also Highlights the Internet’s Aging Foundations

The Facebook Outage Also Highlights the Internet’s Aging Foundations
The Facebook “like” symbol is illuminated on a sign outside the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif, Jun 7, 2013 (AP photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez).

Facebook had a week from hell last week, even without the testimony to Congress of whistleblower Frances Haugen. Two separate technical outages knocked out its entire suite of services—Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Oculus and Instagram. The incident highlights the fragility that a massive consolidation of resources brings to the global information and communications network, caused by the emergence of supernodes such as Facebook and its Big Tech rivals. It also reveals the disparity of public debate surrounding social media platforms on one hand and the internet’s foundational protocols on the other. (In the interests of transparency, Facebook is a client of my […]

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