Facebook Provides More Details on How Monday’s Outage Happened

A command to assess the availability of global backbone capacity unintentionally took down all connections in its network


Facebook provided more details on the outage that crippled its platform and internal systems for more than six hours Monday, leaving media buyers reeling, as well.

Vice president of infrastructure Santosh Janardhan reinforced the company’s claims late Monday that foul play was not involved, saying that the issue was triggered by the system that manages Facebook’s global backbone network capacity, or the network that connects all of its computing facilities, made up of tens of thousands of miles of fiber-optic cables worldwide and linking all of its data centers.

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