During the day of Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 to 4:42 p.m., Facebook was the cause of failure of many applications or services on the internet. Facebook took over the internet due to the Facebook Connect service, which allows users to log in to other sites on the Web using their Facebook login information, according to NBC.
Those wishing to connect to Instagram, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Skype and other sites were redirected to an error page on the social network. Facebook has confirmed that the error was on their side, but have not offered a full explanation. They only gave the following statement,
"For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people from third party sites with Facebook Login to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved."
Although the problem was quickly resolved, some were concerned at how Facebook could so easily take over internet.
Facebook is not the only one to use a centralized identification service for publishers sites. Twitter, Google and even Mozilla offers similar services.
Facebook has failed to apologize for the error.