Facebook denies end to ‘WFH forever’ rule in wake of mega outage

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Is the era of hybrid working for Facebook employees coming to an end? That’s the suggestion of a report detailing a full return to the office for all social media employees – a report Facebook tells Nerdshala is clearly false.

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Wrestling with the changing nature of office work following the COVID-19 outbreak, Facebook last year offered a “WFH forever” approach, as detailed by Mark Zuckerberg during a May 2020 livestream on his personal Facebook page Was.

Zuckerberg said, “I think it’s possible that in the next five to 10 years — maybe closer to five to 10, but somewhere in that range — I think we’ll see about half the company permanently working remotely,” Zuckerberg said. can do.” A Daily Mail report claimed on Thursday that Facebook is phasing out the policy altogether – a report Facebook told Nerdshala that is absolutely false.


“The Daily Mail article is completely wrong,” a company representative told us. “There has been no change to our policy. As we announced in August, we are working to get our teams back in office safely in January 2022.”

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The news comes days after Facebook suffered a major outage that the Daily Mail suggested would have been far less devastating if people had been at its US headquarters.

Some reports claimed that the company’s keycards were also knocked offline, meaning that employees were unable to gain access to offices or server rooms – some claiming employees were, literally, forced to break in. it was done. In other words, the outage didn’t just take down Facebook’s website, along with Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, but it also strained the company’s resources.

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The biggest tech companies have struggled for months over how to handle employees who either prefer to work from home or simply aren’t allowed to return to offices just yet. For example, Google employees will now have to apply to work from home, while both Amazon and Apple expect most of their workforce to return to the office in January 2022.

Explaining the root causes of the outage, Facebook said the worldwide disruption to its services was caused by ‘configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers’.

The outage lasted seven hours, shocking even businesses that rely on Facebook and Instagram.

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