Facebook's Outage Was No Laughing Matter Outside the US

Across the US, it was easy to joke about the productivity boost allowed by seven hours without the distraction factors of Facebook and Instagram, a company-wide meltdown that outside experts suggested and then Facebook reported was the fault of a network routing-configuration change gone epically wrong. 

But the lengthy outage left a much bigger dent in places where WhatsApp doesn’t occupy a distant third place in Facebook’s trinity of social apps.  

Which is to say, a large part of the globe outside the United States.

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