A WILD conspiracy theory is suggesting that Facebook “started its own mass outage to divert attention from the company’s claims of whistleblowers.”
Social media users took to Twitter amid Monday’s global outage, which began at around 11.40am ET and left Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp down for nearly six hours.
Damage control ahead of “Francis Hauge whistleblower testimony Before Congress tomorrow?” wrote a Twitter user.
Another said: “Interesting that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are down day by day facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, testifies before Congress…”
A third person tweeted: “Facebook and Instagram are both down around the world A day after a terrifying ’60 Minutes’ segment that featured former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen using the company’s horrors.”
The conspiracy theory swirled just a day after Facebook’s whistleblower, Francis Haugen, went public on Sunday and accused the social media platform of consistently prioritizing profit rather than struggling Hate speech and misinformation.
As skeptics compared Haugen to the proliferation of shutdowns, the Facebook chief’s technology officer said his “sincere apologies“To all who were affected by the outage.
“We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as quickly as possible to debug and restore as quickly as possible,” he tweeted hours before the app was to start working slowly again. did.
Regarding internal issues, Instagram head Adam Mosseri tweeted that it “looks like a snow day.”
Meanwhile, others suspected that Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram had been hacked.
a person shared a fake ad On putting the domain up for sale for a relatively low $8 billion with the words “Inquire now and Facebook can be yours”.
Doug Madori, director of internet analysis for Kentik Inc., a network monitoring and intelligence company, said: “It’s epic. The last major Internet outage, which knocked many of the world’s top websites offline in June, lasted less than an hour. .
“In that case the stricken content-delivery company, increasingly, blamed it on a software bug triggered by a customer who changed a setting.”
The six-hour outage comes a day after Haugen opened for 60 Minutes on CBS.
Haughan – who worked for Facebook as a product manager on the civil misinformation team – revealed that his lawyers filed multiple complaints with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
he admitted to leaking internal facebook document Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal said his lawyers had filed at least eight complaints.
One of the internal Facebook research documents leaked by Haugen states: “We have evidence from a variety of sources that hate speech, divisive political speech, and misinformation on Facebook and its family of apps affect societies around the world. Still working.”
Haugen told 60 Minutes host Scott Pele: “It’s paying its profits with our security.”
When her civil integrity group was disbanded in 2021, she left the company, claiming she “didn’t believe they were willing to invest what they were actually willing to invest in to keep Facebook from becoming dangerous.” is required.”
“There was conflict … what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” Hogen explained to Pele, “and Facebook chose over and over again to optimize for its own interests — like more money. earn.”
is scheduled to testify before Haugen managing committee Committee October 5.
Responding to Haugen’s claims, Facebook spokeswoman Lena Pietsch said in a statement: “We continue to make significant improvements to combat the spread of misinformation and harmful content.
“To suggest that we encourage bad content and do nothing is simply not true.”
Currently being investigated on Facebook Capitol Hill After the release of Haugen’s documents.
“Girls on social media often see girls with slim waists, big butts and hips, and this can cause them to have body image issues,” Chevon Jones, an Atlanta-based licensed clinical social worker, told the WSJ. “It’s a very important time and they are trying to figure out themselves and everything around them.”
Earlier this year, the app was also accused of refueling 70 percent increase in hair grooming.