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UPDATE (CBS46) – As of 6 p.m. ET, it looks like many users can once again access Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. However, it doesn’t seem like the issue is fully resolved.

Facebook did not explain why their social media apps were down for several hours on Monday afternoon. Some experts said it was a domain name system issue.

Shortly before 4 p.m., technical director Mike Schroepfer posted an apology on Twitter.

“Every time you see an outage, you have to ask yourself what caused it and why,” said Greg Sparrow, senior vice president of Compliance Point and cybersecurity expert. “Certainly there are very legitimate technical reasons why you might see an outage like this, but there’s also definitely more malicious activity that could occur that could cause an outage that could have resulted in a breach. data, which is certainly a possibility in this scenario.”

Some experts believe that the simultaneous failure of the three Facebook applications is not a coincidence,

“The chances of it coming from someone outside are very slim because it’s three different companies, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp,” said Gregory Evans, director of National Cyber ​​Security. “They work on 3 different networks. Not connected. If one fails, it will not affect the other.

Evans believes the fact that the outage comes less than 24 hours after a scolding 60-minute interview aired Sunday night where a former Facebook operations manager, Frances Haugen, said Facebook prioritizes hateful and angry speech in order to generate interactions and clicks, in the service of profit. on the public good, is no coincidence.

“What I’ve seen over and over again on Facebook is that there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” Haugen said. “And Facebook, again and again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.”

White House Secretary Jen Psaki weighed in on Facebook’s new allegations on Monday afternoon:

“They validate the significant concern that the president and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed about how social media giants operate and the power they have amassed,” Psaki said. “Reports over the last few weeks, and I think, obviously, the whistleblower came through last night in the report, of efforts to attract young users and the negative effects on teenage mental health are certainly disturbing.”

Initial story below.


ATLANTA (CBS46) – Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp appear to be currently down in the US and beyond

Reports began flooding social media around 11:45 a.m. ET, according to DownDetector.com.

Facebook tweeted at 12:22 p.m. that they were aware of the situation and working on it.

Several security experts pointed to a domain name system issue as the possible culprit, according to CNN Business.

Check back for updates.


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