A Facebook Bug Pretty Much Took Down the Entire Internet

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If you thought the Internet freaked out for a little bit and every site you went to was down, you're not alone. Major websites were down: CNN, Huffington Post, ESPN, Gawker, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, etc. were all broken. Why? Because of a glitch with Facebook.


Developers at Gawker said that the glitch started with Facebook Connect, basically any site that had a Facebook Like button on it was borked. Why? Because the bug would wrongly redirect those sites to Facebook which would result in an error page. The only way to prevent the Internet from dying on your computer was to log out of Facebook (since Facebook's Like button is everywhere). But the truth is, how many people even realize they're logged into Facebook? Or Google. Or Twitter. Or whatever. Everything connects on the Internet, even if you don't see it.

If you weren't logged into Facebook or if you don't use Facebook at all (gasp! shriek! record screeches to a halt! save the women and children!), you probably didn't even notice a problem on the Internet. Good for you! Luckily, Facebook caught wind of the problem for the rest of us and has fixed the issue. Still, it's a little bit scary to think that one measly Like button can destroy the entire Internet, isn't it?



I'll tell you something pretty hilarious:

I had no idea the internet went down. Why? Cause fuck Facebook. Don't use that highschool shit.