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Traffic Soars, And Facebook Strains to Cope

Mar 25, 2020 - The New York Times

The social network is straining to deal with skyrocketing usage as its 45,000 employees work from home for the first time.

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the coronavirus spread around the world and people everywhere were ordered to stay home, phone calls over Facebook's apps more than doubled. In many countries, messaging on Instagram and Facebook soared by over 50 percent, while group calls in Italy jumped by more than 1,000 percent. And hungry for information, people clicked repeatedly on virus new...