Work at home may be a dream for many, but Internet in many countries has not been configured for such overloads. Huge number of people working remotely or keeping in touch with their families is interfering the network and making any online task difficult.
Global health situation has forced many people to stay home in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. The pandemic reached its peak in Europe when, conversely, China experienced a decline in the number of newly reported cases. Most European countries are now in a state of emergency.
Due to limited home entertainment opportunities, Europeans have turned to streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and YouTube. These companies were the first to respond to the increased demand by reducing video quality for users in response to the call from the European Union. Facebook and Instagram will do the same to improve traffic on the virus-infected continent.
“To reduce any potential network overload, we will temporarily reduce video bitrates on Facebook and Instagram in Europe. We are committed to working with our partners to cope with any bandwidth limitations during this period of high demand, and to ensure that people can stay connected to Facebook applications and services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a Facebook official.
Although this is not a happy event for regular users of social networks, limiting the amount of transmitted video will allow them to freely use other services. Many European researchers are making every effort to find a possible remedy or develop a vaccine against the virus. Sharing their results with colleagues and working together over the Internet can help humankind to deal with the current situation more quickly.