Consequences of Earth’s Faster Rotation: Meta Says Leap Second Must Be Over: How Does This Affect Online Platforms?
Experts have confirmed that the rotation of the Earth is now accelerating. Recently, scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in England were able to record the shortest day they had ever experienced.
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They confirmed it on June 29. However, it was followed by another short daylight period on July 26. June 29 is 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the usual 24-hour day.
By contrast, July 29 was 1.50 milliseconds shorter. Of course, many scientists were worried because there could be serious environmental changes leading to this change in rotation.
Apart from them, tech companies are also worried as leap seconds can affect their online platforms.
Meta says Leap Second needs to be done
According to the latest report from Ars Technica, Meta has decided to join other tech makers in calling for the removal of leap seconds.
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In recent years, leap seconds have already been implemented 27 times. Meta said that was enough.
“At Meta, we support an industry effort to halt future leap second introductions and stay at the current level of 27,” the giant tech company said via its official blog post.
The company added that introducing more leap seconds is risky because they do more harm than good, suggesting that new technologies should replace them.
Why leap seconds are bad for online platforms
The recent imposed leap seconds have already affected various online platforms. In 2012, many websites were shut down due to the sudden change in world time.
These include Gawker, Reddit, as well as Australian airline Qantas. On the other hand, Cloudfare also experienced outages during the leap second in 2017.
For this reason, many online platforms have developed technologies that will allow them to automatically adjust their time if there are sudden leap seconds.
But, these solutions are only effective on positive leap seconds (longer time changes).
Meta engineers explained that negative leap seconds (shorter period than usual) can have a drastically negative effect on Facebook and other online platforms.
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Recently, Meta asked Facebook’s oversight board whether COVID-19 misinformation policies should be removed or adjusted.
On the other hand, Facebook’s TikTok-like features were recently introduced.
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