The global fall of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp seems to have a winner for now: Twitter, the other great social network in competition that has taken advantage of the failures of Mark Zuckerberg’s company to laugh a little at the situation but also to serve as a communication channel for networks in disgrace.
Without going any further, Facebook like WhatsApp and Instagram have had to use their official Twitter accounts to keep users up to date on the matter. And since the time of the fall, the only official communications have been delivered through this social network:
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
& mdash; Facebook Facebook) October 4, 2021
In the same way, Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technical Officer (Facebook’s highest-ranking technology person) offered his sincere apologies “to everyone who was impacted by the drop in services” and indicated that his team is working to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
* Sincere * apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible
& mdash; Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) October 4, 2021
Undoubtedly, Twitter has been the social network that has taken advantage of the event the most and that is a profit for the company, because although it is a social network that has millions of users (around 350 in total), it is very away from the more than 2 billion Facebook users.
And this flow of new users -even if they are temporary users- has also caused some intermittencies in the service, which during the day. According Down Detector, there was a peak of reports of problems during the afternoon of October 4, which may have to do with the entry of new people eager for a social network to find out about the contingency.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also taken advantage of what happened to remind users that it is always a good idea to switch to messaging platforms that are more privacy-friendly, such as Signal:
Signal is WhatsUp
& mdash; jack⚡️ (@jack) October 4, 2021
It has definitely not been a good day for Facebook, which in addition to dealing with the taunts of one of its rivals, will also have to deal with a 5% drop in its share price since the servers crash. And that’s not counting the consequences left by the comments of a former Facebook employee, who assures that the social network “is more dangerous than is believed.”