What the Tech: Facebook outage

What the Tech

How did you spend Monday when Facebook and all of its properties crashed?

The outage began at around 11:20 a.m. ET and by late in the day, users were still waiting to catch up on posts and post themselves.

Without being able to communicate on its own platform, Facebook took to Twitter.

The outage follows a week of bad news for the social media giant.

On Sunday, a whistleblower told CBS’ 60 Minutes about her experience working for Facebook and how she witnessed the network pushing negative posts to the front of users’ news feeds, explaining that Facebook
learned its users engage more with negative posts and posts that make them angry.

So how will a long-term Facebook and Instagram outage affect people and society in general? It’s too early to know that but I visited a coffee shop as people learned of the Facebook/Instagram/Messenger and WhatsApp outages.

While a few people seemed worried if not upset, others told me it might actually be a good thing
to live without those social networks for a few days.

“I think it would have a positive impact on, not just me but a lot of people,” Paige Dewitt said.

She told me she had tried to step away from those two social channels and “just live my life,” but always went back.

“I don’t think it’s something I could completely cut off on my own, so in a way, I would almost be
happy if it happened. Just to distance myself from that because it can bring a lot of negativity into
people’s lives,” she said.

Drew Davis, said while he didn’t spend a lot of time on Facebook, his wife does.

“I don’t know, maybe people will actually have to come out and talk to people. Maybe they’ll stop sitting staring at their phones and just talk to people,” Davis said.

It isn’t just unplugging from social media that could do us some good. With the revelations on 60
Minutes and The Wall Street Journal, maybe stepping away from negative posts which you can
barely avoid on social media, it’ll make people less agitated and angry.

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