Crash causes Facebook to demand employees return to office


Working from home is no longer an option for Facebook employees. The American tech giant states that all employees must return to the office.

The announcement stands in stark contrast to an earlier decision by Facebook that employees are allowed to work from home.

The decision to ask employees to return to the office comes a few days after Facebook was hit by a prolonged and massive crash on Monday. According to Facebook, the crash would have had less of an impact if more employees had been present in the company’s US offices.

Employees must now request to work from home

The outage not only affected Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. The company’s key card also went offline, so employees could not access their offices or the premises where the servers are located.

According to Facebook, Monday’s crash was due to a failed attempt to configure the routers that coordinate network traffic between different data centers. The crash lasted for seven hours.

In future, employees who want to work from home must submit an official request to this effect. The requests will be assessed individually from time to time. The same practice applies to Google, where employees must also request to be allowed to work from home.

It wasn’t just a technical crash that Facebook was hit by this week. The company was also met with massive criticism after a former product manager testified against his former employer in Congress.

According to Frances Haugen, Facebook has tried to cover up internal investigations that point to a number of danger signals at the company’s services. Haugen believes that Facebook’s products harm children, create divisions and weaken democracy. Frances Haugen was invited to speak in Congress after she went to The Wall Street Journal in September with an internal report she had taken with her before stopping at Facebook in May.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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