Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram suffer worldwide outage


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Just wait for the self-entitled “influencers” to sue for damages….

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Do people still use Facebook?

Frances Haugen

“Facebook has publicized its work to combat misinformation and violent extremism relating to the 2020 election and insurrection,” she wrote in a cover letter on the subject. ” In reality, Facebook knew its algorithms and platforms promoted this type of harmful content, and it failed to deploy internally recommended or lasting countermeasures.”

The site allows divisive content because it promotes engagement, she noted. “Its own research is showing that content that is hateful, that is divisive, that is polarizing, it’s easier to inspire people to anger than it is to other emotions,” Haugen told 60 Minutes. “Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they’ll click on less ads, they’ll make less money.

The Nick Clegg mentioned in the article is the former UK Deputy Prime Minister (2010 to 2015) and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015.

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My bad. It's on me. I did it. I tripped on the cord and unplugged the router. Give me a sec to get a beer and I'll plug it back in.

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Freedom at last, glory be, freedom at last.

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-a company focused on growth and its own interests over the public good.

That describes every company on the planet. And stop blaming technology for the personal failings, poor tempers and unpleasant attitudes of some of its users. Facebook simply links people together online. It is not a law enforcement agency nor a government censor and should not be taking on either role.

-no evidence as of Monday afternoon that malicious activity was involved.

Networking snafus cause way more havoc than hackers. Stuff goes down like a row of dominoes.

We all need a 'Plan B' for when tech goes down, and governments should be mindful with their 'move to digital', that they are making society more vulnerable at a time when climate change is going to hit increasingly hard.

It's not much different from a postal strike in the 70s, a natural disaster or the Brexit-related damage hitting the UK. It will cost everyone money and inconvenience a lot of people until it is fixed. But make no mistake, FB has achieved the status of infrastructure. It is used by teachers for pandemic home schooling, and downtime will be a problem.

Tech breaks. If anyone offers you 100% uptime on a deal, walk away. Any 24/7/365 system with lots of users will be very visible when it goes down.

Perhaps, should you be at a loose end, you should back up your own files, in case your system goes down. Hard disks don't live forever. An external HDD, preferably two, will do for a home PC. You might also consider regularly cloning your hard drive, so that if it fails, you can switch in your replacement.

The most vulnerable bits of a PC are the PSU (buy a spare before you need one) and the processor fan. Both are user-replaceable in a base unit, with care. Check that a standard PSU will do, and which type of fan you need. You may also want to have a spare router set-up and ready, in case you need it, and a spare monitor stashed somewhere.

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i dont have fb for years so yes i dont mind at all.

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I agree that FB is a cancer (Instagram is not much better). Honestly, if there were a way to stay connected to some far-flung friends without it, I would take it in a second.

But sidebar conversation: How is it possible to have so much money and such bad hair? I mean it's "Dumb and Dumber" bad..... Is that is "brand" now? How does his wife tolerate it? (Oh, yeah.... The money.....)

"Hey folks, look at me. I couldn't possibly be an evil narcissist because I have the dorkiest hair in the free world! BTW, did you see my selfie of me surfing with an American Flag? Doesn't that show what a patriot I am? So let's forget about all this Russian disinformation that I am making Billions disseminating and keep talking about my Tupperware hair!"

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BTW @Avenger,

If you were to "accidentally" trip on the cord again and "forget" to re-plug it, that would "hypothetically" be fine with me.

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Maybe you can help me out. I realize that I am getting old(er) and maybe all this new-fangled tech is beyond my understanding, but is "Social Influencer" what one does when one is too lazy, entitled or "cognitively challenged" to get an actual job?

Because that is what it sounds like.

Thanks in advance!

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Somebody deleted the wrong stuff after that whistleblower came out.

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2.5 billion users. Cold turkey. Switch the lights off on the way out.

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Facebook’s own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest, but the company hides what it knows.

I knew that without any research!!!

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All the narcissists must be going mad

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You've been Zukerburgered...

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