An Outage is Bad for Facebook, but Great for PornHub | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

An Outage is Bad for Facebook, but Great for PornHub

Last Wednesday, Facebook had a "server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues." This led to a global outage that prevented users from properly using Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp for an extended period of time.

While this was bad for Facebook, PornHub found that there was not only a dramatic increase in viewers during the outage, but a pretty interesting rise in particular keyword searches.

During the 1 PM lunch time break, PornHub received a 10% increase in viewers. When people were relaxing after work, viewership increased by 19%. For a site as large as PornHub, this would increase their viewership by millions of views and cause a large bump in revenue due to the outage.

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