Monday, October 25, 2021

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Down Worldwide

According to the detection websites, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were down on Monday morning.

When trying to access Facebook, it gives a message: “This site cannot be reached”, saying that the DNS address of the website could not be found. Instagram only displayed the message: “5xx Server Error.”

Downdetector.com reveals that as of 11:46 a.m. ET, there were more than 80,000 reports complaining of Facebook being shut down. Similar complaints were posted about WhatsApp and Instagram, both of which are operated by Facebook.

In March 2019, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp were down for more than 24 hours across the world, marking the company’s longest outage in years.

The Epoch Times has contacted Facebook for comment. The Menlo Park, California-based firm has not issued public comment on the outage.

Twitter, YouTube, iMessage, Signal, and other popular services not operated by Facebook were still functioning as of Monday afternoon.

On Monday, two members of the European Parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook prioritized profit over the public good.

The whistleblower, Frances Hogen, who served as product manager on Facebook’s civil misinformation team, shared internal documents with newspapers and attorneys general in several US states. Haugen will testify before the Senate on Wednesday.

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“The Facebook files – and the disclosures that whistleblowers presented to us – underscore how important it is that we don’t let big tech companies regulate themselves,” said Danish MP Christel Schaldemos.

“The documents finally all the facts allowed the adoption of a strong Digital Services Act,” said Alexandra Geise, a German MP in the European Parliament. “We need to regulate the entire system and business model that supports propaganda and violence over factual content – ​​and enables its rapid spread,” she said.

A Facebook spokesperson issued a response to the claims, saying the firm will have to make “difficult decisions.”

“Every day, we make difficult decisions about drawing the line between free expression and harmful speech, privacy, security and other issues,” the spokesperson said. “But we shouldn’t make these decisions ourselves… We are advocating for updated rules where democratic governments set industry standards that we can all follow.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York City.

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