Bad Day for Facebook
[guest post by JVW]
From Fox News:
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen took aim at her former employer, accusing the social media giant of “tearing our societies apart” in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes.
“The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world,” Haugen told 60 Minutes Sunday.
Haugen accused the company of placing profit above the good for the public, despite assurances from Facebook leadership that the company was working to make the platform safe.
“There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money,” Haugen said.
Haugen’s interview comes after she collected documents and blew the whistle on Facebook to the Wall Street Journal, which then published a series of reports on the files that revealed previously unknown details about the inner workings of the social media company.
Also at Fox News:
Facebook’s platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, are suffering from widespread outages Monday.
According to DownDetecter, thousands of users across the globe began reporting outages on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and Oculus around 11 a.m. Monday.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Facebook did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment on the cause of the outages.
As of this writing it does not appear that Facebook or Instagram are back up and running. It is being said that this might be the longest worldwide outage of those sites in their history, or at least since both sites became ubiquitous. It looks like China has won, and I for one am opening up my WeChat and Weibo accounts now.
UDPATE 2:56 pm
And ten minutes after I posted this it would appear that both Facebook and Instagram are naturally fully restored. But this represents a nearly seven hour outage.