Why Facebook tracks internet outages around the world

It is possible that governments and companies, which can turn off the several parts of the internet. Places in some countries like Egypt, Gabon have already witnessed internet blocks across the country and similarly, the government in India has also turned off the internet during the examinations of Students.

A social media giant Facebook has tracked such activities and internal monitoring along with the people on the field helps the company to find out such outages.

Global head of policy at Facebook, Matt Perault had started the investigation in January 2011 and had also witnessed the widespread internet blacked-out in Egypt for halting the protests.

And he also observed that Internet outages were performed frequently on a smaller scale after the country-wide internet outage. In last week Perault said:

“We felt they weren’t getting the attention they deserved. So we work with a bunch of organizations to try and bring attention to this issue.”

However, it does not means that you will lose access to Facebook. For example, he gave reference to a report which indicated the temporary internet shutdowns and costs almost $2.4 billion in 2015.

The Internet can be divided into three different layers as follows:

  • The actual infrastructure that powers internet
  • Cables and satellites
  • There’s the protocol, which includes things like web hosts and providers, and then there are applications, like Facebook

Recently, in China, the great firewall turned off all types contents such as Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times. In Gabon, the internet outages in the night had prevented people from connecting to any website.

Perault said:

“The problem is not the technology from a ‘turn off the entire internet perspective. But the technology has gotten more advanced in creating methods to impose a less costly block. My main concern right now is moving to the world where there are increasingly sophisticated small-scale blocks,”

Facebook worked with other organizations including Global Network Initiative to find out the internet outages and delivered them to a large number of peoples.

Almost 4 out od 5 facebook users have been outside of the U.S and due to which they may face the internet outage.

Therefore, Facebook needs to track out the areas where internet block happens, which is indeed good for business.

Facebook said:

“Aware of at least 48 times in 2016 when access to Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram was disrupted. This includes both targeted disruptions, as well those impacting the entire Internet. One of the most significant outages that it’s tracking right now is in certain regions of Cameroon, where it said internet connectivity has been down for 50 days.

- Advertisement -
b4c58c5edf797ff99fcca559f7ac9651?s=96&r=g - Why Facebook tracks internet outages around the world
Muhammad Irfan Raza
Irfan Raza is Editor at TechWafer covering Everything about Apple including Mac, iPhones, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, and How-tos.

Recent Articles

realme C17 launched with 90Hz Display, 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage

realme has finally launched the most affordable realme C17 with 6 GB + 128 GB large storage & 90Hz ultra-smooth punch-hole display at an...

HUAWEI Y9a – the Midrange King Goes on Sale across Pakistan Today

The HUAWEI Y series continues to exceed expectations of young consumers all over Pakistan. It is touted as a worthy digital companion that flouts...

TECNO’s has launched its Hero Phone Spark 6 in Pakistan

TECNO has launched its awaited Hero Phone Spark 6 – a mid-range phone with 6 upgraded features at the BOL game show- hosted by...

realme C17 6 GB + 128 GB smartphone is launching online 23rd Sep

realme introduced the C12 back in August. Now the company is set to further expand its C series with the launch of...

HUAWEI Y9a – Get a World of Apps at Your Fingertips with HUAWEI AppGallery & Petal Search

As the technology industry continues to create fascinating experiences for consumers around the world, one of the leading enterprises in this sector...



Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here