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Where Things Stand: An Insider Account Of Facebook In The Days Before The Insurrection

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15 February 2020, Bavaria, Munich: Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman of Facebook, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Security Conference. The fight against propaganda campaigns and other attempts at manipulation cos... 15 February 2020, Bavaria, Munich: Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman of Facebook, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Security Conference. The fight against propaganda campaigns and other attempts at manipulation costs Facebook billions every year. The budget for this year is higher than the turnover of the entire company at the IPO in May 2012, said founder and CEO Zuckerberg on Saturday at the Munich conference. Photo: Tobias Hase/dpa (Photo by Tobias Hase/picture alliance via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 4, 2021 6:18 p.m.

Facebook, Instagram and other applications owned by the social media giant are all down today. The company is describing the outage as “networking issues,” while tech sleuths and new reports suggest the problem might be bigger than that.

I won’t speculate on technology as I know nothing about technology. But the outage comes just one day after a previously anonymous former Facebook executive and whistleblower went on “60 Minutes” to make new allegations concerning the company’s apathy about the dangerous spread of far-right disinformation on the platform.

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