Maintenance error caused Facebook's 6-hour outage, company says
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By Sheila Dang
(Reuters) -An error during routine maintenance on Facebook’s network of data centers caused Monday’s collapse of its global system for more than six hours, leading to a torrent of problems that delayed the repairs, the company said on Tuesday.
The outage was the largest that Downdetector, a web monitoring firm, said it had ever seen. It blocked access to apps for billions of users of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, further intensifying weeks of scrutiny for the nearly $1 trillion company.
At a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday, a former employee turned whistleblower accused Facebook of putting profits before people’s safety, which the company denies.
In a blog post, Facebook Vice President of engineering Santosh Janardhan explained the company’s engineers issued a command that unintentionally disconnected Facebook data centers from the rest …