If you somehow managed to miss the global panic, then there was a worldwide six-hour outage on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp yesterday.
Facebook and its various subsidiaries went offline from around 4.30pm BST yesterday, and, as often is the case when such social media outages happen, it caused somewhat of a public meltdown, with people stripped of their first-choice forms of online communications and many users taking to Twitter to share their reactions.
Not long after the outage, theories began to circulate online about the source of the problem – with one viral tweet suggesting that a large section of the routing had been “deleted”.
Facebook did not provide an explanation as to what the problem was immediately after the platforms went down, however it did acknowledge the issue and apologised for the inconvenience it was causing users.
However, Facebook later shared a blog post to reveal the true cause of the issue.
In the post titled ‘Update on the October 4th outage’, Facebook explained: “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication.
“This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centres communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”
The statement then assured users: “We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change.
“We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.”
The post said that all services were now back online, and that that Facebook is “continuing to actively work” to make sure they operated regularly.
The company’s stocks dropped nearly 5% after the outage yesterday, compared to when it dropped around 15% in the middle of September, The Independent reports.
Facebook stressed how sorry it was to all who “rely” on it everyday and that an investigation would continue so that it could “understand more about what happened” in order to “make [their] infrastructure more resilient”.
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A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.