Russia Uses Facebook Outage to Push Its Own Agenda

Russia Uses Facebook Outage to Push Its Own Agenda

( – It’s easy to forget that Facebook isn’t just an American company. It’s a massive international corporation. When it goes down, it affects 3.5 billion people around the globe. In the case of Russia, an outage could be a good thing. On Monday, October 4, Facebook’s international network went down for six hours. It blamed a technical change to the software for the problem that shut down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Despite Facebook’s offline fiasco on Monday, Russia said its social media sites reported a significant increase in activity. For several years, Russia sought to gain greater control over its Internet autonomy. Russian tech firm company Mail.Ru created Vkontakte, which has more users inside Russia than Facebook, and Odnoklassniki.

Maria Krasnova is the head of Vkontakte social networking. She said the number of video views jumped by 18%, and messages increased by 21% during Facebook’s outage. Additionally, Krasnova said audience participation jumped 19% compared to Sunday.

Earlier in 2021, Russia disconnected from international Internet tests. The country no longer desires to be part of the global infrastructure and argues that it needs to protect itself from foreign entities that could harm its digital infrastructure. Russian officials say Facebook’s problem on Monday highlights the wisdom of their thinking.

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