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Social media giant Facebook and its related websites were offline for more than five hours yesterday due to “a faulty configuration change,” and the kryptoverse – as well as a major celebrity – used it to fuel discussion about the need and benefits of decentralization. Facebook Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp were all down, affecting more than 3.5 Billion users, with chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer saying on Twitter that they had “NETWORK issues.”
According to the outage update, the underlying cause also affected many of the internal tools and systems. They found that “configuration changes to the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused problems that interrupted that communication [which] cascaded down the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a standstill.”
The problem seems Domain Name System (DNS)-related.
The .ETH comes from the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), a blockchain-based naming system that runs as a series of smart contracts on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain.
The popular musician went on to say that from his basic understanding of blockchain, technically, “a social network like Facebook can’t be built on a blockchain?” He added that he asks a question to learn.
“Busta asks better questions than 99% of Crypto Twitter,” commented Ethereum-focused wallet MyCrypto. Facebook’s Facebook technology editor Alex Hern tweeted that the problem with this latest incident is that “Facebook is doing EVERYTHING through Facebook.”Once you sent an update to a routing protocol, instead of having the option of a simple fix to send another update”, when its servers were booted from the Internet, it was also booted. The ability to send this follow-up message and the ability to log in to the system that would send the follow-up message.”
Facebook’s DNS names were no longer resolved, and their infrastructure ips were unreachable, web infrastructure and website security company Cloudflare further explained, saying:
“It was as if someone had “pulled the wires” from their data centers at once, disconnecting them from the Internet.”
Basically, his highly centralized system resulted in a cascading series of events.
Many in the comments expressed their gratitude that Busta Rhymes is ready to get to know and spread the blockchain industry and decentralization. At the same time, some users expressed doubts that Facebook would be ready to move towards decentralization, with some saying that the reasons for this could be control and revenue.
“These used to be separate services, but companies just love to centralize to save money and increase efficiency,” commented one Redditor.
Others argued that Ethereum is “not fit for purpose” at the moment, but possibly after the transition to Ethereum 2.0.
When asked if such a failure could happen if a decentralized Facebook were developed on Ethereum, some argued that there is a difference between “centralized” and “distributed”, while others said that the event could still happen technically, but that its cost would be massive.