Social media giant Facebook and its Instagram and Whatsapp platforms spent a few hours looking for the stability of Bitcoin and its decentralized architecture.
Facebook goes down
Social media website Facebook went down for several hours on 13 April on the basis of a monitoring resource downdetector.com.
WhatsApp, the popular messaging app and Instagram, a social media platform for photo sharing, both owned by Facebook, have also had a malfunction.
According to a report from Business insider, there were more than 9,000 people complaining about the problems and it was felt mainly in Asia and Europe.
So far, there has been no formal explanation explaining the problems before the outage. However, a company spokesman said:
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Not the first time and not the only one
It is not the first time that the social media website has experienced a noticeable dropout.
Earlier in March, Facebook and the aforementioned apps went under water for more than 24 hours.
The company then issued a formal statement to explain:
Yesterday, many people had problems accessing our apps and services due to a change in server configuration. We have now solved the problems and repair our systems. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience.
Facebook is not the only centralized company that has had technical problems that have robbed hundreds of thousands of users of its services.
Bitcoinist reported last summer that Visa, one of the leading payment solutions providers with millions of people using it, has experienced a "system error," preventing countless customers from accessing their money.
Bitcoin always sticks
With such events, it cannot be forgotten that Bitcoin's network has had an uptime of 99.98% since its inception, underlining the benefits of decentralization. If one or even hundreds of Bitcoin nodes go offline, the network continues to work.
On the other hand, as shown above, centralized solutions are much more sensitive to downtime because of their central point of failure.
In the case of Visa it was a "system error", while in the case of the Facebook outage in March a "server configuration change" took place. Bitcoin's distributed network not only requires more resources to attack it than to defend it, but its funds are also further decentralized in portfolios protected by private keys managed by individual users.
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