Why One Critical Second Can Wreak Havoc on the Internet; Meta, Google, Microsoft, Amazon join NIST to fix it

  • Since 1972, the world’s timekeeping authorities have added a leap second 27 times to the global clock known as the International Atomic Time.
  • Adding a leap second causes problems with computers (triggered massive outage in Reddit, Cloudflare, Linkedin etc) in the past
  • The tech giants agree that it’s time to ditch the leap second.