Senator mocked for ‘finsta’ question by John Oliver jokes and as Facebook goes down

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Comedian John Oliver is poked fun at US Senator Richard Blumenthal’s unanswered question about Facebook-owned Instagram. And the outage of Facebook-owned apps has shed fresh light on the US senator’s misgivings about how young people use the Internet.

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. sunday night episodes last week tonight, the host explained that just as Mr Blumenthal sought to end Finsta, a colleague can be seen in the background clearly cringing.

Oliver said, “It’s an expression of someone who knows they’re going to have to stay up late tonight and re-explain to their boss what a finsta is, but also what Twitter is and why he should be roasting on it.” Used to be.”


At a Senate hearing last week on the effects of social media on the mental health of teens, a question caught the internet’s attention.

“Will you commit to ending ‘Finsta’?” Senator Richard Blumenthal asked Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global security chief.

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Ms. Davis looked astonished. “Finsta,” as the senator seemed to imply, is not an official product of Facebook or Instagram, but a slang term for a fake Instagram account that someone might use to obscure their identity.

“Senator, again, let me explain,” replied Ms. Davis. “We don’t really ‘finsta’. ‘Finsta’ just means young people are setting up accounts where they want to have more privacy.”

The senator persisted.

“Finsta is one of your products or services,” said Mr. Blumenthal erroneously. “We’re not talking about Google or Apple. It’s Facebook, right?”

“Finsta is slang for a type of account,” Ms Davis explained patiently.

“Okay, will you terminate that type of account?” The Connecticut Democrats demanded.

“We – I’m not sure I understand exactly what you’re asking,” said Ms. Davis, stammering.

The exchange quickly drew ridicule on Twitter at the time. And on Monday, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby joked that Facebook had actually removed Finsta, acknowledging the company-wide outage.

Other journalists also joined the fun.

Granthshala We have reached out to Mr. Blumenthal’s office for comment, but have yet to receive a response.


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