Facebook and Instagram sites crash after whistleblower information companies prioritize profit over security
UPDATED, Monday 6:30 p.m .: Less than a day after a whistleblower report aired on “60 Minutes” detailing corporate practices that put profit above safety, both Facebook and Instagram went out for six hours.
Users struggled to access the social media giant’s two websites just before noon on Monday. Issues also occurred with the company’s What’s App and other Facebook-related products.
There is still no word on what caused Facebook’s servers to go offline and all of its platforms to be thrown off the internet with error messages or frozen screens.
In a statement, Facebook said: “We are sorry to everyone who is affected by the outages on our platforms today. Thank you for your patience while we are back online. “
The problem seemed more widespread than just a simple server failure.
Confirmed: The DNS records telling systems how to find https://t.co/qHzVq2Mr4E or https://t.co/JoIPxXI9GI were removed from the global routing tables this morning. Can you imagine working at FB now if your email has stopped working and all of your internal FB based tools are failing?
– briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 4, 2021
JUST IN – Facebook employees reportedly unable to enter buildings to assess internet outage due to their door badges not working (New York Times)
– Dave Bondy (@DaveBondyTV) October 4, 2021
Francis Haugen, a former Facebook data scientist, kept her identity a secret when she filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission against Facebook and shared internal Facebook documents The Wall Street Journal.
Haugen was exposed as a whistleblower during a report on “60 Minutes” yesterday evening, and Haugen said she would testify before Congress that Facebook had deceived regulators and the public about monitoring hate speech and misinformation.
She said on “60 Minutes” that Facebook “chooses profit over security.
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says Facebook’s own research quoted political parties saying they know Facebook changed its algorithm and “now if” [they] Don’t post angry, hateful, polarizing … content, “there is less engagement. https://t.co/XKKBhxZZ36 pic.twitter.com/tvSmVIJfWT
– 60 minutes (@ 60 minutes) October 4, 2021
Haugen is from Iowa City, Radio Iowa reported Monday, and its website said her parents were professors. Haugen holds degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College and an MBA from Harvard. She worked at Google and Yelp before joining Facebook in 2019. In May of this year, she resigned from Facebook.
A spokesman for Facebook told CNN that the social media platform reflects the good, bad and ugly of humanity and that Facebook is trying to soften the bad and amplify the good.
Since the other platforms went down, users have switched to Twitter:
We know that some users are having problems accessing our apps and products. We are working to get things back to normal as soon as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.
– Facebook Facebook) October 4, 2021
Instagram and friends are having a bit of a hard time right now and you may have trouble using them. Have patience, we’ll be there! #instagramdown
– Instagram communication (@InstagramComms) October 4, 2021
– Bonnie Tyler (@BonnieTOfficial) October 4, 2021
– Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 4, 2021
Well, we don’t think the weather is to blame for the outages on Facebook and Instagram …
The forecast looks right like rain in the HQ! pic.twitter.com/7TlcCsMBmW
– The weather channel (@weatherchannel) October 4, 2021
Now that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are down, we’d like to congratulate them @Twitter for surviving the Social Media Hunger Games.
– HostGator (@HostGator) October 4, 2021
Welcome to all of the people who check Twitter to see what’s going on with Facebook. We hope you stay
– Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) October 4, 2021
Instagram and Facebook users trying to navigate Twitter pic.twitter.com/AETk0xpGA4
– Philipp Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 4, 2021
Not only are Facebook’s services and apps closed to the public, but its internal tools and communication platforms, including Workplace, are also out. Nobody can do any work. Several people I spoke to said this was a “snow day” at the company.
– Ryan Mac 🙃 (@ RMac18) October 4, 2021
I enjoy all of the memes on Twitter after Instagram and Facebook went down pic.twitter.com/5dlJ2RQO10
– (@Katy_castillaa) October 4, 2021