There are reports coming out of Palo Alto that indicated while Facebook and many of its related services such as WhatsAp and Instagram were down for most of the world yesterday, internal services were also down. Employees could not send emails, their access to various buildings and offices were not working, and even engineers who were working on the problem could not affectively communicate with one another and some could not get into the buildings.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the six-hour disruption causing an estimated 3.5 billion active users to become social islands of their own. He said Facebook was working to understand what happened so that it can’t happen again. The company put out a statement saying there is “no evidence that user data was compromised.”
Facebook, along with its advertisers and small businesses took a major financial hit, with an estimated $9 billion in economic damages to all parties. Zuckerberg himself is reportedly to have lost $6 billion himself during the fiasco.