Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms were shut down in some parts of the world on Monday
The company did not specify what might have caused the outage, which began around 11:45 ET. It is normal for websites and apps to have outages, although a rare one globally. Users reported being unable to access Facebook in California, New York and Europe.
Facebook is going through a major crisis after whistleblowers, who were the source of a series of stories in The Wall Street Journal, raised awareness of the company’s internal research highlighting the negative impacts of its products and decisions, on Sunday. 60 Minutes” became public.
Frances Haugen was identified in an interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday as the woman who anonymously filed a complaint with federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows it is a source of hate and misinformation. How does it increase polarization and Instagram, in particular, can harm teenage girls. ‘ mental health.
The journal’s stories, dubbed “The Facebook Files”, painted a picture of the company focusing on growth and its own interests rather than the public good. Facebook has tried to curate the research. The company’s vice president of policy and public affairs, Nick Clegg, wrote in a memo to Facebook employees Friday that “social media has had a huge impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where much of this debate takes place.” Happens outside.”