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Lizard Squad took down Facebook and Instagram! Believe it! Or not…

The hacking-and-cracking crew known as Lizard Squad tweeted that Facebook and Instagram were down. Before you could say, "But we don't crash EVER," that had turned into "Lizard Squad did it"...

Facebook went down this morning, along with its cousin photo-sharing site Instagram.

If you’ve watched that movie called The Social Network, you’ll know that’s really not supposed to happen.

That was made perfectly clear in the dramatic scene where Zuckerberg falls out with his sidekick Eduardo Saverin, ranting that, “We don’t crash EVER.”

But what if someone else takes the site down – does that count as a “crash”?

Because reports are circulating to suggest that hacking-and-cracking crew Lizard Squad is claiming to have done just that:

Actually, the reptilians said, simply:

Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad

A bit of an irony there, having people who report the news reporting that someone else who reported the news was not merely reporting it, but was actually its cause.

In fact, it looks as though Facebook and various associated sites did indeed “crash,” or at least become inaccessible due to changes made by Facebook itself.

As reported by the BBC, Facebook has as good as ‘fessed up, saying that it made some changes that broke access to its sites, before quickly rolling back the changes and ended the outages.

There are two morals in this story:

  • Just talking about something doesn’t mean you invented it. It just means you know how to talk.
  • Even Facebook goes down occasionally. You’ll get over it. Anyway, it’ll come back up soon.

By the way, we’re not saying you should learn to live without Facebook altogether.

But for those admittedly rare occasions when it’s not there, you might want to practise alternative approaches to sharing your life with other people.

Like English comedic blogger Alistair Coleman, who wrote:

While Facebook was down, I nailed a picture of my breakfast to a tree outside our house. Seven people have knocked to say they liked it.

Mind you, Coleman did need Twitter to spread the message about his breakfast photo.


‘While Facebook was down, I nailed a picture of my breakfast to a tree outside our house. Seven people have knocked to say they liked it.’

Thank you, Alistair, best laugh of the day!


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