Facebook Servers Groan As Traffic Keeps Surging Worldwide
Facebook servers are experiencing unprecedented strain as governments across the globe are asking everyone to stay at home. This is one of the backlashes of the coronavirus pandemic that many average internet users didn’t consider.
To put this report in perspective; the whole internet is experiencing overuse and maybe on the verge of crashing. Earlier this week, we had reported that many online streaming platforms are reducing the quality of streams to lessen this burden.
Now, according to a TweakTown article, it is not just videos that are stressing the internet. Facebook has reported that messaging traffic has increased by about 50% and general use has spiked to 70% in Italy.
It is not just Facebook. Generally, there are more people online than there was in February. A stroll through whatever social media platform you use would affirm this point.
Even WhatsApp status updates are increasing as many who have to stay indoors are looking for ways to entertain themselves. Other platforms like TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and even gaming platforms are reporting spikes as well.
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Now, Facebook has announced that it is fast using up its resources to cater for the increasing demand. The vice president of Analytics, Alex Schultz and vice president of Infrastructure, Jay Parikh, released a statement to address the issue.
The co-written statement reads:
“The usage growth from COVID-19 is unprecedented across the industry, and we are experiencing new records in usage almost every day. Maintaining stability throughout these spikes in usage is more challenging than usual now that most of our employees are working from home.”
In addition, they explain that it is also affecting Facebook’s finances. The other part of the statement says:
“We don’t monetize many of the services we’re seeing increased engagement, and we’ve seen a weakening in our ads business in countries taking aggressive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Many people still rely heavily on Facebook around the world. Thus, its crashing or even frequent glitching may disrupt activities. Yet, like the statement pointed out, Facebook does not have the employees on-site to even help manage the stress on its servers.
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