The whole world fell apart yesterday when Facebook and Instagram suffered major outages.
As the issue showed no signs of fixing itself, rumours began to circulate that Facebook had been targeted by hackers – something which the company denied.
We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
So what was the cause of the major issues both social platforms suffered for most of yesterday? Some people are blaming Avengers villain, Thanos. Naturally.
— Jonathan (@Jonatha08077969) March 13, 2019
@facebook if half the worlds Facebook is down and Instagram is down, then did Thanos just snap? Is this how it all ends? #facebookdown #instagramdown #Facebook #insta #marvel #InfinityWar #Thanos #technology
— JasptheRealist (@jasptherealist) March 13, 2019
— er_okesh (@ErOkesh) March 13, 2019
This isn’t the first time the Mad Titan has been blamed for digital failings. Fans also pinned YouTube’s outage last October on the Marvel character.
The people who were taking care of the servers were vanished in Thanos’s snap and now i can’t run on its own so good luck on that
— Yash Raj Sharma (@maymay_raj) March 13, 2019
Facebook is no stranger to controversy when it comes to personal data. When the ‘five year challenge’ was doing the rounds, many accused the platform of launching it to boost their own facial recognition technology.
The social giant recently came in for scrutiny after admitting that it allowed apps like Spotify and Netflix to access personal messages.
Facebook insisted access had been given so people could log into services like Spotify with their Facebook account and send messages through the app.