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Fishy Facebook: Analyzing Monday's Strange Happenings

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp took a tumble Monday morning going completely “black” around 11:30.

I think we can all agree that some of the biggest social platforms failing to work and completely going out is less than ideal.

BILLIONS of people use these applications. Not just for fun, either. WhatsApp is a great platform that makes it easy to communicate with individuals (leisure or business) across the world for no cost.

Read this NYT article linked below for a quick summary of what went down:

But this is even more suspicious due to what transpired over the days leading up (yep, I’m asking you to read again):

This brave woman, a Product Manager at Facebook, came out publicly because “Facebook was prioritizing profit over the public good”.

Precisely what does this mean?

The whistleblower’s position tasked her with focusing on civic integrity issues at the company. She claims that Facebook is / was well aware that their platform is used to spread hate, misinformation and violence. In short, she claims that instead of owning up to this reality, Facebook tries to hide it.

The woman recently released thousands of private internal documents covering an array of sensitive information and company practices.

That is just the short version of the whistleblower story. You are free to pick sides on this. When whistleblowers come out, there seem to be a million different opinions on the whistleblower’s decision when considering ethical ramifications.

Now lets loop back to Friday: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went OUT. Completely. Unsurprisingly, these companies are all owned under the same umbrella.

You’re telling me this is a coincidence? I don’t buy it for one second. Dare I say… neither should you.

The outage lasted over FIVE hours.

Even some Facebook employees were locked out.

From the New York Times: Technology outages are not uncommon, but to have so many apps go dark from the world’s largest social media company at the same time was highly unusual.”

Exactly. Fishy to say the least.

More to come tomorrow as I will dive into the whistleblower’s congressional hearing on Capitol Hill. Exciting, yet scary stuff!

As I alluded to above, these platforms aren’t all fun and games. Many businesses operating internationally rely on apps like WhatsApp to communicate.

And all of a sudden all three platforms went black. Perhaps it’s time to have a conversation to regulate big tech. After all, the entire world operates through them.

But we don’t have the slightest clue what goes on behind the scenes.

Time for Mr. Zuckerberg to answer the hard-hitting questions…


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