Pornhub traffic increased by more than 10% during the five-hour Facebook outage

Pornhub traffic increased by more than 10% during the five-hour Facebook outage

As you probably know, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger went down the other day, on October 4. For many, the five-hour outage laid bare just how dependent we’ve become on social networks, leaving us at a dead end.

Pornhub traffic increased by more than 10% during the five-hour Facebook outage

Evidence suggests that many of you opted for the latter. And that’s because Pornhub saw its traffic increase by as much as 10.5 percent during the outage.

According to the Pornhub Insights team, that equates to roughly half a million additional users during each hour that Facebook’s services were down.

Billions of Facebook users were unable to log in on Monday due to the outage, which the company said was “an outage caused not by malicious activity, but by our error.”

Santosh Janardhan, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure, said that during what was “routine maintenance work” on the company’s backbone, a command was issued with the intention of assessing the availability of global backbone capacity, which inadvertently cut all connections on our backbone, effectively disconnecting Facebook’s data centers globally.”

In a post on its blog, it stated that ”our systems are designed to audit commands like this to prevent errors like this, but a bug in that auditing tool prevented the command from being properly stopped.

“This change caused a total disconnection of our server connections between our data centers and the Internet. And that total loss of connection caused a second problem that made matters worse.”

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