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It’s not just you: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp are down

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Facebook services across America, Europe, and Asia are being disrupted this morning, causing users of Facebook itself, Facebook Messenger, and its sister services Instagram and WhatsApp to throw up error messages when attempting to access any of the sites and services on any OS. The issue could be related to DNS, as none of the domains are returning an IP. The outage is also affecting services that offer a Facebook login, such as Pokemon Go.

Did Facebook pull the plug?

Facebook knows that if they promote more “angry, polarizing, divisive content” they get more engagement and increase profits

Keith Zubrow, CBS’ 60 Minutes Overtime »

Haugen stated that some of Facebook’s own research found that “angry content” is more likely to receive engagement, something that content producers and political parties are aware of.

“One of the most shocking pieces of information that I brought out of Facebook that I think is essential to this disclosure is political parties have been quoted, in Facebook’s own research, saying, we know you changed how you pick out the content that goes in the home feed,” said Haugen. “And now if we don’t publish angry, hateful, polarizing, divisive content, crickets. We don’t get anything. And we don’t like this. We know our constituents don’t like this. But if we don’t do these stories, we don’t get distributed. And so it used to be that we did very little of it, and now we have to do a lot of it, because we have jobs to do. And if we don’t get traffic and engagement, we’ll lose our jobs.”

Canadian media outlets have also discovered this path to profits.

American-owned Postmedia (National Post, Financial Post, Toronto Sun, et al) and many of other Canadian media outlets prioritize growth, engagement, and profit over everything else (democracy, facts, real news, …). When they realized that polarizing and angering content drives engagement more than anything else, they pushed more of it.

Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen should be celebrated for helping to expose the truth about Facebook.

Washington Post »

Widely referred to as a “Facebook whistleblower” responsible for leaking documents behind a Wall Street Journal series, Haugen spoke publicly about her complaint to federal authorities, disclosing her identity for the first time in an interview airing Sunday night on “60 Minutes.”

“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 in the interview.

A veteran of tech companies including Pinterest, Yelp and Google, Haugen, 37, left Facebook in May after developing serious reservations about the company’s policies, particularly surrounding the events of Jan. 6. Before the 2020 election, Haugen said, Facebook implemented measures to prevent the spread of misinformation, but the company decided to dissolve many of these protections after the election. She said she stopped trusting that her employer was willing to limit growth to improve public safety.

“As soon as the election was over, they turned them back off, or they changed the settings back to what they were before to prioritize growth over safety,” she said. “And that really feels like a betrayal of democracy to me.”

NY Times is reporting that Facebook is in full crisis mode over the Wall Street Journal exposé on the harm Instagram causes to children’s mental health

Facebook has been all hands on deck as it grapples with revelations that it knew the harmful effects its Instagram photo-sharing app was having on teenagers.

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Facebook Struggles to Quell Uproar Over Instagram’s Effect on Teens (Oct 1, 2021)

The tumult began after The Wall Street Journal published a series of articles last month that showed Facebook knew about the harms of its services, including teenage girls saying that Instagram made them feel worse about themselves.

The Guardian »

As a whistleblower prepares to speak out, what can be done to rein in Facebook?

Pressure grows on social network after US senators challenge Instagram over impact of app on children’s mental health

US lawmakers have left Facebook in no doubt this week that revelations about the impact of its Instagram app on teen mental health have further damaged the company’s reputation.

The Democrat senator Richard Blumenthal said the social network was “indefensibly delinquent” in its behaviour and had “chosen growth over children’s mental health”, after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Facebook’s internal research had flagged concerns that its photo-sharing app was damaging the wellbeing of young users.

It’s important to note that Facebook was building Instagram of Kids. What type of vile monsters would think this is a good idea? Their own research shows that Facebook and Instagram are doing harm to society, Is Facebook run by sociopaths?

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