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Mark Zuckerberg’s U-Turn and Unusual Outage of WhatsApp and Instagram in 2021

It is March 2021, and once again, Mark Zuckerberg and his company, Facebook, and its subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram, are in the news.

To no one’s surprise, the talks are all about data privacy and the expansionist policies of Facebook.

In this article, we would discuss the two major events that made everyone turn their attention to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg’s U-turn on Apple Privacy Policy.

This section of the blog features Mark Zuckerberg’s surprising and completely antonymous stand to his past campaigns against Apple’s Privacy Policy.

Josh Constine, a principal investor at a VC fund, SignalFire, invited Mark Zuckerberg, Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, and Shopify’s CEO, TOBI, to discuss the creator economy and Apple Privacy Policy.

The conversation was ironically held in Josh’s voice-chat room on Clubhouse, a platform that runs only on iOS devices. All three CEOs expressed their views on various issues like the creator economy, NFT, and privacy policies.

The whole conversation among them encapsulated many topics that would have surely captivated all the tech geeks’ attention.

But apart from all entertaining topics, the part that shook almost everyone was the reaction and current stand of Mark Zuckerberg on Apple’s Privacy policy.

Mark opined that the upcoming privacy updates in iOS 14 would help Facebook get even more resilient and robust concerning analytics and ads management.

Anyone aware of the events that happen in the tech world would know that Zuckerberg’s reaction to the Clubhouse is astonishing.

Tech giants like Facebook, especially Mark Zuckerberg, have been vocal against the yet to come privacy updates in iOS devices.

It is so because Apple’s privacy policy would forbid services like Facebook and its counterparts to perform analytics on user data without its consent.

The PR campaign of Facebook against Apple’s privacy policy ran for almost seven months. It was so hyped that experts and journalists apprehended that Mark Zuckerberg may likely file a lawsuit against Apple. But the tables turned utterly opposite on Wednesday.

What is the new privacy policy of Apple all about?

In the past few years, several lawsuits have been filed against industries like Facebook and Google for issues about users’ data privacy. Especially Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has been under the radar for similar incidents of data breaches. Considering all the fiasco about users’ data privacy, Apple announced a new update in the privacy policy.

The update gave the iOS device users the authority to either allow or deny services like Facebook to use their data for analytics. The announcement was made in June 2020 at the WWDC event.
And it was later followed by TIM Cook’s speech, in which he indirectly pointed at Facebook for data breaches.

After adding that a reform was needed for the platforms and services that exploited user data for their monetary gain, he supported the policy. Several companies in the technology domain apart from Facebook have also expressed their displeasure against the upcoming policy.

The Apple privacy policy for iOS 14.5 is expected to get released within the next few months.

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger & Instagram’s Outage.

On 19th March 2021, many users complained of Facebook-controlled services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. Downmeter, a platform that detects such crashes of media, confirmed that all three services halted for 40 minutes. The outage was reported majorly in Asia and the United Kingdom.

Similar incidents of malfunctioning of services, especially Facebook, have occurred repeatedly in the last two years. In the year 2019, Facebook faced its most extensive outage where the services ceased for almost 24 hours.

Reason for the Outage.

Although it got conveyed through the Twitter handle of Facebook that the outage happened because of a technical issue, we would tell you some reasons that may have caused the outage.

Mark Zuckerberg - Outage WhatsApp
Mark Zuckerberg – Outage WhatsApp

#Server issues at the back-end: It is the most common reason that has also caused similar outages in the past. It happens majorly due to the back-end problems that affect the on-going processes and cease the services.

#Rampant Expansion of Facebook: It is the reason that even the CEO admitted in a conversation with The Verge. In the past five to six years, Facebook has expanded and acquired several services and platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, for instance.

Mark Zuckerberg - Outage Instagram
Mark Zuckerberg – Outage Instagram

That makes the administrative system of Facebook humongous and challenging to manage.
Owing to this, even small tests and updates in the system can lead to such outages.

Reactions of the Outage.

We are living in an era where nothing gets spared from becoming a meme. Therefore, the outage of the Facebook-owned services was bound to become a trend in the meme communities. Several memes that even include Mark Zuckerberg were circulated on platforms like Twitter and Reddit.

Politicians in India also dived into the topic by referencing the outage to poke their opponents.
Furthermore, corporates also took a dig at the frequent crashes of Facebook.

Paytm, an Indian payment and E-commerce company tweeted about the same in a sarcastic tone against the monopoly of Facebook.

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Written by Harsh Srivastava


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