Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger all reported an extended global outage for over 5 hours on Monday. The first reports of problems came from tens of thousands of users at 11:44 EST.
NetBlocks, a watchdog organization monitoring cybersecurity and the governance of the internet, estimates the outage cost the global economy $160 million and sent the Facebook share price down by more than five percent – meaning that the firm’s founder Mark Zuckerberg lost around $7 billion of his fortune, according to Bloomberg.
Coincidentally, Facebook is dealing with a separate major crisis after whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager on the civic integrity team, exposed the company’s awareness of harm caused by its products and decisions, especially on children. Alleging how Facebook magnifies hate and misinformation, Haugen is scheduled to testify before the US Senate’s commerce subcommittee on Tuesday 5th October.
Are the two incidents related? In the report by the Daily Mail UK on October 4th, 2021, there were many possible causes regarding this incident being mentioned, including cyber attacks. But can this be a timeout deliberately created by Facebook to delete key information to cover up Haugen’s exposure?
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