Unprecedented collapse of social networks was experienced by consumers around the world on October 4. Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp stopped for 6 hours, about 3.5 billion people could not use their services. In addition to mental problems such as palpitations, panic attacks, insomnia and waiting for the end of the world to come, the collapse of the networks also unlocked the conspiracy machine. All sorts of versions have emerged, and Zuckerberg’s explanations that the problem was technical have hardly convinced their most ardent supporters. writes Standard News bg.
Here are some of the versions:
1. The biggest hacker attack in history.
With this assumption, the Daily express came out 2 hours after the networks became inactive. The argument is that it is not possible for all three major applications to crash at the same time.
Information later spread that 1.7 billion Facebook accounts with personal data were put up for sale on the dark net on Tuesday night.
However, experts believe that this leak is not related to the collapse, but to the theft of data from a year and a half ago, said Ivan Savov, director of the European Institute for Risk Policy.
However, the possibility of a hacker attack was ruled out by the company itself. Facebook’s software team posted an explanation for the blunder on the blog, taking the blame for the spectacular collapse.
According to the internal inspection, this is a purely technical problem that affects the configurations of network protocols.
“Our engineering teams have found that changes to the configuration of the routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers have caused problems that have interrupted this communication.
“This interruption in network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, which led to the suspension of our services,” Facebook wrote.
There is no endangered user data, no endangered information, Boris Goncharov, an information security instructor, assured BNT. According to him, there is no danger of losing information from our accounts and this has been clearly confirmed.
2. The attack is because of the “Pandora’s files”
The crash is a coordinated attack, which is related to the release of successive names from the investigation Randora Rarer (“Pandora’s Files”). This conspiratorial version gained the most popularity after the collapse of social networks.
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Other state leaders whose names appear in the Pandora’s Files include former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
It is quite possible that many of the victims of the investigation, Randora Rarer, could delay their exposure by hitting the world wide web and earning several hours to react, conspirators believe.
3. African dictators are involved
And while we are wondering which of the leaked names in the Pandora’s Files may have a hand in the breakdown of the networks, in Africa they are convinced that the attack was ordered by dictators who want to silence people.
“I strongly suspect that the African billionaires whose names leaked in the Pandora’s Dossiers are behind this social media censorship disguised as a network error,” a user wrote on DW’s Facebook page.
Some fear the possibility of a total ban on social media. And this has its reasons, because in some countries on the Black Continent, such as Ethiopia, access to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has been restricted since May.
In October 2020, Tanzania restricted access during the country’s elections.
In Uganda, Matovi Assad reacted on Facebook: “I thought they had finally found a way to ban social media.” For some, this is not funny at all. “A day without the Internet is like a year without rain,” wrote Charles Bazema of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
4. They saw an eclipse from QAnon
Conspiracy theorists of QAnon also have their own versions of what is happening. John Sabal, known in the Telegram as QAnon John, questioned whether the interruption could be a so-called “eclipse.”
Followers of the movement believe that a 10-day closure of the entire country is being prepared, after which there will be mass arrests of people from the world’s elite and child trafficking.
QAnon John wrote, “Someone knows in advance what lies ahead. Could this be an eclipse?”
QAnon believe that the election victory for US president was stolen by Donald Trump. Many of the movement’s followers were among the protesters who stormed the Capitol.
After the assault, Facebook unceremoniously blocked Trump’s profile. Now he has a chance to get it back. The so-called Facebook supervisory board, a group of outside decision-makers, is expected to present its final verdict.
5. Zuckerberg takes revenge for his problems
This version is also not excluded by conspiracy theorists. Just hours before the crash, Facebook asked a U.S. court to rule against a Federal Trade Commission ruling that the company was a monopolist.
The next day, Congress was due to hear from former company employee Francis Haugan, who had earlier leaked information about various violations committed by Zuckerberg’s company.
She claims that Facebook has misled investors and advertisers, and that the platform has ignored information about the impact of Instagram on young girls who felt “worse” because of the service.
“What I saw on Facebook over and over again was that there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook has repeatedly chosen to work for its own interests, to make more money, “says Haugan.
It is estimated that the 10,000 documents submitted by the former employee contain evidence of abuse of the human psyche and possible influence on radicalization in a number of countries, including in the direction of military conflicts.
Facebook, along with other technology giants such as Google, Amazon and Twitter, is under severe pressure because of the way it uses or has used its users’ data in the past. In Europe, they are embroiled in disputes over how and whether individual governments can control their actions.
6. Attack on the world order
The collapse of Facebook and other networks can be seen as a serious coordinated global attack on the current world order, said Ivan Savov, director of the European Institute for Risk Policy.
He commented that there was a “black swan” event – an extremely rare coincidence of several events – the revelations of a former Facebook employee, the release of the “Pandora’s Files” and the technical collapse of a system on a global scale.
“Which is capable and has proven that it can manipulate entire nations to radicalize and manipulate them to take action in one direction or another. Trump was elected on Facebook and the manipulation was made on Facebook so that the British could vote for Brexit. We are starting to think very seriously about the fact that this is a serious, coordinated global attack on the current world order at the moment, “Savov told BNR.
7. UFO, God’s hand or Adele?
Of course, you can not do without the intervention of aliens.
“I think the UFO played a role in stopping it,” a user wrote.
Another saw God’s hand: “The time has come for you to understand what God is like: He controls everyone and everything.”
And the most imaginative people found a connection between what happened and Adele’s hint of a new album, which the singer had made just hours before the collapse of the networks. The reason is that everything around this album is shrouded in mystery, and fans are tirelessly looking for signs to tell them what to expect.
Whatever the cause of the crash, Zuckerberg lost $ 6 billion because of it after Facebook shares fell 5 percent. Many companies that rely on these channels in their business have run out of orders.
Influencers, who use only social networks, felt the impact most directly.
Some people had to urgently look for other ways to connect with their loved ones.
And many wondered, “What if we run out of social media forever?”