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FACEBOOK – Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram: the giant is down, a bug of an unprecedented duration



FACEBOOK. The Facebook site but also the Messenger, Instagram or Whatsapp apps are inaccessible this Monday, October 4. The problem, which started at 5 pm, has still not been solved and is believed to have come from the server. Facebook is currently trying to find a solution. 

[Updated October 4, 2021 at 9:23 pm] But what is happening among the web giants? Since the end of the afternoon on Monday, you’ve surely noticed that your social networks are rowing and that instant messaging is not working at all. In reality, this is a giant global outage that has affected the Facebook group’s websites since 5 pm this October 4. The Facebook site (as well as its app) is victim of a breakdown that still made the platform inaccessible this Monday evening. The message “Unable to find the IP address of the server” is displayed on the user screen. No need to reset your Internet connection or turn on your smartphone, the problem is worldwide with a Facebook site become “down”.

The outage also affects the other sites, apps and platforms of the Facebook group. Messenger, the messaging app linked to Facebook but also the messaging service Whatsapp were also stranded this Monday night. The Instagram app, purchased by Facebook a few years ago, is also part of the services that are down. However, no error message is displayed on these networks, which must have required long minutes of patience from many Internet users! The Facebook app network has an average of more than 2.7 billion daily users.

Several American media outlets, such as Bloomberg, which quotes a spokesperson for the company, report that some internal services used by Facebook employees, including the Workplace tool used for team communication, are also out of service.

“We are endeavouring to rectify the situation as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience,” the company tweeted shortly after 6 pm.
The current outage is worldwide, affecting many western countries, including France, and particularly those where these services are most used. According to the data from the Downdetector site, which lists outages affecting Internet services as well as access providers, the outage started on Monday, October 4 shortly after 5 pm French time and was still ongoing at 9 pm. This is not the first time this year that the Facebook group’s websites are affected by outages, a similar problem had occurred on March 25, 2021 in the morning. Earlier in the year, a outage occurred on March 19, 2021, making connections to the sites impossible for nearly an hour.

Where did the Facebook outage come from and what message is displayed?
The origin of the Facebook outage remains mysterious. If Facebook did not give an official explanation of the origin of the breakdown, several experts mention an internal bug in the routing system. According to Numerama, the problem could indeed come from the server, named DNS. Domain Name System (in French) allows you to link your IP address to a website. 

Different messages can be displayed when you are looking to connect to the Facebook site on Monday. This site is inaccessible” but especially “impossible to find the address of the server” can be displayed on the page of the search engine, next to the address of Facebook. The first official reaction came from Andy Stone, spokesman for the band, who had to use the Twitter competitor to communicate! ” We are aware that some people have difficulty accessing our applications and products. We are working towards a return to normal as soon as possible and we apologize for this inconvenience,’ he tweeted shortly after 17H, French time. A message taken word for word on the official Twitter account (cf. above).

How long is the Facebook outage?
The global blackout on Facebook started late in the afternoon, around 5 p.m. French time. The Downdetector site detects many problems from that time on Monday 4 October with a peak from 17:20. The same goes for Instagram, Whatsapp or Messenger sites. In any case, it is difficult to predict the duration of the outage that was still going on this Monday at 9 pm, since Facebook’s communication on the subject was non-existent.

Usually, Facebook outages are quickly resolved, but this seems particularly important, impacting the service for about 4 hours. Last March, a widespread bug had also put users on hold for long minutes, but it had lasted less than an hour before a gradual return to normal of Facebook sites but also Instagram and Whatsapp.

Is it possible to bypass the outage to access Facebook?
No, the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Facebook site and its little cousins is involved, and therefore the routing system of these sites, any access is simply impossible for the Internet users. This is an internal problem that cannot be overcome today. It is thus impossible to view the Facebook news feed but also to send or receive messages via Messenger or Whatsapp. The problem is also global and affects many countries. France is therefore affected, but so is the United States. However, it is not impossible that the restoration of services is gradual and involves a degraded mode during the first minutes of return of the sites.

Instagram outage: why can’t you access the app?
Instagram is an app launched in 2010 and bought in 2012 by Facebook. Since then, the bridges between the two sites have been numerous, just like the stories that can be shared on both sites. Problem: when a breakdown occurs, it can affect both services. This is indeed the case on Monday, October 4. The global outage observed this Monday evening affects the Facebook site and its mobile app as well as the Instagram app. No need to turn your smartphone back on or download the Instagram app again. According to the Downdetector site, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., nearly 100,000 error reports were sent by Internet users who could not log in.

Whatsapp down: why is the app unavailable on Monday 4 October?
Whatsapp is an instant messaging service used by millions of Internet users. Very useful on smartphone, it allows to access to group conversations, by written message or video. The application created in 2009 was bought by Facebook in 2014 and, like Instagram, the bridges were numerous with Facebook, at the cost of many criticisms on the security and use of personal data, the last one was in the spring of 2021 when Whatsapp users were notified of the changes to the app’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As Whatsapp and Facebook are linked, the breakdown this October 4 affects both services.

Source :L’internaute

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SENEGAL – RenewPac Summit: Macky Sall pays tribute to Abdoulaye Wade, «father of African liberalism»



President Macky Sall

At the opening of the RenewPac Summit, the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, paid tribute to his predecessor at the head of the country, Abdoulaye Wade, whom he described as the «father of African liberalism». Me Abdoulaye Wade (97), headed Senegal from 2000 to 2012 following the first alternation in Senegal. In 1974, he created the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) which brought him to power after 26 years of opposition.

Macky Sall, leader of the Alliance for the Republic (Apr), was himself, for ten years, a senior official of this party and a leading figure in the regime of Abdoulaye Wade whose Prime Minister he was after having held various ministerial positions. “He inspired us with the values of liberalism at a time when Marxist ideologies were on the rise in Africa. He dared to row against the current. Myself and many of the personalities who participate in this Summit are his heirs,” said the Senegalese President in tribute to his former mentor, under the warm applause of the room.

The message of (Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo, President of the African Liberal Network)
This summit demonstrates the need for a strong and lasting partnership between Europe and Africa based on mutual respect, shared values and well-understood common interests.”

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IVORY COAST – Discovery of a manganese deposit “of global importance”



The Australian exploration company Mako Gold Limited announces this Monday, August 21, 2023 the discovery of a deposit of manganese potentially “of global importance” in Ouangolodougou, in the north of Ivory Coast. According to the company, the grade of the intersected ore is similar to that of several mineral producer/developer groups listed on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) where it is also present.

This discovery comes as part of its Korhogo project, which it owns 100% and consists of the Ouangolodougou permit, where the drilling was carried out, and the Korhogo Nord permit. The briefing note also mentions the possibility of making more significant discoveries, “given that only 257 metres of the 500 metres drilled have been analysed to date”.

Given the satisfactory level of manganese found and ‘flush to the surface’, the Korhogo project is likely to become one of Côte d’Ivoire’s next manganese mines, said Peter Ledwidge, the company’s managing director.

With this discovery, Mako Gold plans to “enter the race for critical minerals for batteries”. Besides manganese, the company plans, a diamond research program once the manganese ore exploration work is completed.

Côte d’Ivoire currently has four manganese mines in operation, in Bondoukou (east), Guitry (southwest), Kaniasso and Lagnonkaha, in the north of the country. Production rose from just over 207,000 tonnes in 2016 to over 929,000 tonnes in 2022 (up 349%), after reaching 1.18 million tonnes in 2019.

Note that manganese is considered the fourth most used metal in the world after iron, aluminum and copper. It is used in the manufacture of steel for the construction sector (beams, body plates, oil pipes, etc.) and the automotive sector. It is also found in electric vehicle batteries but also in the manufacture of batteries, electronic circuits and even in the food industry.

Source: Sikafinance/ By Jean-Marc Gogbeu

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FRANCE – Me Branco décrit l’enfer de Rebeuss : « j’ai dormi aux côtés de personnes torturées et entassées par centaines »



Juan Branco a été interpellé sur son bref séjour carcéral à la prison de Rebeuss. L’avocat de Ousmane Sonko a décrit l’enfer dans lequel vivent les centaines de détenus avec qui il a passé la nuit de dimanche à lundi 07 aout 2023.« À Rebeuss, j’ai dormi au milieu de personnes torturées qui portaient les traces de blessures par balle. Elles étaient entassées par centaines incapables de se déplacer et obligées de faire leurs besoins sur place. Ils ont commis l’erreur de me faire voir ça », a-t-il déclaré en conférence de presse ce mardi.

« Ousmane Sonko souffre d’une insuffisance rénale, nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter sa grève de la faim ». L’avocat français de Ousmane Sonko, en conférence de presse ce mardi 08 aout 2023 à Paris a révélé de quelle pathologie souffrait son client admis aux urgences de l’hôpital Principal de Dakar depuis dimanche. « Ousmane Sonko souffre d’une insuffisance rénale due à une hypoglycémie causée par sa grève de la faim. Mais son état est stable. Nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter cette grève de la faim et nous espérons qu’il nous entendra. Parce que ce qu’il représente est trop important pour des milliers de personnes qui le suivent. Nous avons eu l’occasion de nous en rendre compte à la prison de Rebeuss », a indiqué Me Juan Branco qui est rentré ce mardi en France après avoir été arrêté et emprisonné pendant moins de 24 heures au Sénégal.

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