Where were you when Facebook went down?
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Where were you when Facebook went down?

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[MUSIC] So where were you when Facebook and Instagram went down? [LAUGH] Is that the new Kennedy assassination question? [LAUGH] The social networking giant suffered a massive outage yesterday. It still hasn't given the all clear yet today. So it's been more than 20 hours making it the longest outage. In Facebook history. [LAUGH] How did you survive without Facebook? I did fine but that's because it's not a Facebook and also Instagram which got roped into the outage as well. It was out for several hours. Instagram did give the okay earlier this morning that it's back online. But still nothing from Facebook. Yeah I mean, something that Alfred Ng our security reporter pointed out to me yesterday is that there has been speculation that this is a DDOS. Some sort of DDOS security attack. Right. And from what he told me yesterday, if things have changed I am not aware, but there's been no evidence so far that this. So what we're thinking right now is that it's not. An attack, it might just be, I saw someone on Twitter post-that Zuckerberg's tower PC from his Harvard days is still plugged in somewhere on the campus of Harvard. [LAUGH] And someone just yanked it out- Someone yanked it out? And that blew out all the lights. Yeah, I mean, look, it's just sort of the latest in a kind of a fairly long run of terrible news. I mean, this isn't the worst thing. This is quaint in how un-upsetting this problem with Facebook is. But it's still a problem and it's a problem that people cared about. I mean, Facebook is the Internet in a lot of countries, in a lot of developing countries. That it's like interchangeable how people consider the Internet and Facebook. So, well, in places like the US and other really developed, highly connected nations, it's kind of like an annoyance. Yeah. But in some places it can be a real problem.

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