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“It’s Been Quite a Week.” – Mark Zuckerberg

It's been quite a week, Antioch Report

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On Monday, Facebook and Instagram (and WhatsApp for all you trendy travelers) experienced an outage which lasted about 6 hours. Coincidentally, and with no relation whatsoever, this was the exact time frame on Monday that 3.5 billion people motionlessly stared at their walls, unsure of what to do with themselves (except Twitter users, who were better than the rest of us).

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then pat yourself on the back; you are not addicted to social media. That or you just read “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer and are on a new tech diet. Either way, good for you.

What Happened?

  • Facebook VP of Infrastructure Santosh Janardhan said “configuration changes on the backbone routers” caused chaotic disconnects in data centers around the globe, making server communications dysfunctional. 
  • Zuckerberg apologized to the billions of people that rely on all the Facebook apps to communicate with their loved ones, including those who rely on its reach to operate their businesses.
  • Alex Rankin, a jewelry maker, went from $150 in sales on her busiest day to $0 in sales on Monday. “It was awful”, she said in her interview with Buzzfeed News.

And what can only be considered conspiracy theorist gold, this major outage came directly after Frances Haugen became “the Facebook Whistleblower” on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday.

  • Haugen has since testified before the Senate about Instagram and Facebook’s negative impacts on children and society, according to Facebook’s internal documents that she shared with the Wall Street Journal.
  • The investigation at WSJ opens with: “Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands.”
  • In his 1,300 word Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg responded to the FB Whistleblower and the Senate saying, “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical.”

For the Christian

As this story unfolds now and likely for many weeks to come, it’s helpful to take a step back to reassess our own use and reliance on social media and technology.

  • The world operates on digital assets and technology (just ask the Twitter Spaces frog NFT minting group that I wasted my time listening listened to on Tuesday).
  • Tech has opened up a world of possibilities to gospel spreading and increased social awareness unlike anything we’ve seen before in history.
  • Now more than ever we can truly “become all things to all people” with real-time translator apps, ease of international travel, and ability to give generously to mission workers all over the world.
  • However, tech can also become an unhealthy stronghold in a Christian’s life, stealing away our attention and focus from Jesus.

Which is it for you?

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

Colossians 1:16
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Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk is the Managing Editor at The Antioch Report. A student and teacher of the Bible, he is a lover of theology, church history, and... TV. Follow him on Twitter @danielcberk. Daniel and his wife Courtney reside with their Bernedoodle in Charleston, SC.

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