Elon Musk takes jab at Meta after global outage

By Luu Quy, Phan Anh   March 5, 2024 | 10:38 pm PT
Elon Musk took to X, formerly known as Twitter, seemingly to mock an outage of Meta services, including Facebook and Instagram, on Tuesday night.

"If you're reading this post, it’s because our servers are working," read a post published at around 11:12 p.m. on Wednesday (Hanoi time), half an hour after several Meta services like Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Threads were rendered inaccessible.

Just a few minutes later, Elon Musk uploaded a modified image from the film "Penguins of Madagascar," where the logo of X was pasted on a penguin in a commanding posture, while the logos of Instagram, Facebook and Threads were pasted on three other penguins. The image also contained an X post by Andy Stone, head of communications of Meta, saying: "We’re aware people are having trouble accessing our services. We are working on this now."

As of 1:19 p.m. Wednesday, the two posts have received over 143 million views, 84,000 comments and 312,000 shares in total.

The Metal outage lasted around two hours and affected all parts of the globe. Users of its services were logged out of their accounts and could not get back in during the period. Certain devices were able to regain access to their accounts at around 11:20 p.m.

A similar incident also happened to Meta back in 2021, when several of its services could not be accessed globally. The incident lasted six hours, and Meta later said the incident was caused by "configuration errors."

In 2019, the web version of Facebook also experienced an outage for 24 hours.

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