Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms were down in parts of the world on Monday
The company did not disclose what could have caused the outage, which began around 11:45 ET. It is normal for websites and apps to suffer from interruptions, although one on a global scale is rare. Users reported that they could not access Facebook in California, New York, and Europe.
Facebook is going through a major crisis after the whistleblower, which was the source of The Wall Street Journal’s storyline revealing the company’s awareness of internal research into the negative effects of its products and decisions, was published in “60 Minutes” on Sunday.
Frances Haugen was identified in a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday as the woman who anonymously filed complaints to federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows how it amplifies hatred and misinformation, leads to increased polarization, and that Instagram can specifically harm teenage girls. mental health.
The journal’s stories, called “The Facebook Files”, paint a picture of a company focusing on growth and its own interests instead of the public good. Facebook has tried to reduce research. Nick Clegg, Clegg, the company’s vice president of politics and public affairs, wrote to Facebook staff in a note Friday that “social media has had a huge impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where much of this debate playing out. “