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Why Usain Bolt is concerned about Facebook glitch

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World record holder and an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt posted a hilarious message on his social media account following a six-hour long technical hitch at Facebook.

Bolt took it to his Twitter account wondering why his image had to be used in place of an incident which saw businesses lose millions of shillings

In a meme that has been making rounds on social media, an image of Bolt is used to depict how fast the tech-giant Twitter is, with other sprinters trailing him to depict how hard both Facebook and Instagram are trying to keep up with Twitter’s pace.

Bolt’s tweet came after the users of all three social networking platforms complained about received error messages for the most part of Monday.

“What did this,” the sprinter said.

The disruption in the Facebook website, as well as WhatsApp, was Monday as the page for the social media site could not load for users globally.

Users flooded in the complaints about the outage on micro-blogging site Twitter and tagged Facebook.

In a post on rival platform Twitter on Monday evening, Facebook confirmed its apps were coming back online and apologised to users for a blackout that affected millions of people across the world.

“To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry,” Facebook said. “We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now.”

Mike Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is now staring at a huge loss of more than Ksh.773.8 billion (US$.7 billion) in a few hours, knocking him down a notch on the list of the world’s richest people, after a whistleblower came forward and outages took Facebook Inc.’s flagship products offline.

A selloff sent the social-media giant’s stock plummeting 4.9 percent on Monday, adding to a drop of about 15 percent since mid-September.

The stock slide on Monday sent Zuckerberg’s worth down to Ksh.13.3 trillion (US$.121.6 billion), dropping him below Bill Gates to number 5 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

He’s down from almost Ksh.15.4 (US$.140 billion) in a matter of weeks, according to the index.

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The outage came with Facebook under mounting pressure in the US, after a leaked internal investigation showed the social media giant was aware of how its Instagram app harmed the mental health of teenagers.

On September, 13, 2021, the Wall Street Journal began publishing a series of stories based on a cache of internal documents, revealing that Facebook knew about a wide range of problems with its products  such as Instagram’s harm to teenage girls’ mental health and misinformation about the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots while downplaying the issues in public.

The reports have drawn the attention of government officials, and on Monday, the whistleblower revealed herself.

In response, Facebook has emphasized that the issues facing its products, including political polarization, are complex and not caused by technology alone.

According to reports, the Facebook site suggested a ‘Domain Name System’ (DNS) error on its main page as the cause of the disruption.

Cloudflare senior vice president Dane Knecht stated that the social media giant had encountered a ‘technical glitch’ in its border gateway protocol routes, also known as the ‘BGP’.

Such routes are part of the internet’s Domain Name System, a key structure that determines where internet traffic needs to go.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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