It is not new that society is experiencing complicated moments with the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), with the number of infections increasing exponentially. As a result of this pandemic, more and more countries are implementing drastic measures, ordering quarantine for the entire population.
With many millions of people being forced to stay at home (and work from home), internet services face increasing difficulties in being able to keep their services stable. Now Facebook has announced that it is having difficulty maintaining the stability of its services and that it will need to implement moderation measures.
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Facebook will reduce “quality” in some of its features
In order to try to control the level of traffic consumption by the millions of users as much as possible, it will temporarily reduce the video playback rates on the Facebook and Instagram application. These measures will be implemented primarily in markets where the COVID-19 pandemic is having the most impact.
In the official statement, they revealed that they are prepared to deal with peak usage during events such as the Olympic Games and New Year’s Eve. However, these are occasional events and allow the company to prepare well in advance.
In this situation, with the COVID-19 pandemic, not only were they taken by surprise, but they have seen an unprecedented amount of traffic. Facebook reveals that usage numbers are breaking records with each passing day.
Facebook services are crucial for quarantined people
Although they are not the only applications available for people to keep in touch during this quarantine phase, the various Facebook applications are vital for millions of users.
Both the Facebook application, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram are used by millions of people every day to keep in touch with friends and family.
Stability and good functioning of the internet depends on a global effort by all companies
With the volume of traffic reaching a level never seen before (and constantly increasing), many are afraid of a “break” of the internet. In order for this not to happen, it is important that large companies unite and carefully manage their services.
For that to happen, several measures have already been implemented by the various streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, Disney +, etc.), which have limited their content to a resolution of only 480p in Europe.
In addition, it was also revealed that activities such as downloading games will be limited, so that the internet’s capacity is not taken beyond its limit.
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