Press Release Category: Social Networks

Facebook explains error that caused global outage

Facebook has said an error during routine maintenance of its network of data centers caused a cascade of problems that took down its platforms for more than six hours on Monday.In a blogpost published on Tuesday, Santosh Janardhan, vice-president of engineering, said the global outage that saw Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go dark for billions…

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage

Facebook has admitted that its users are having “trouble accessing our apps” after its network of services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, were hit by an outage in several countries, including the UK and the US, affecting millions of people.Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp became inaccessible for large numbers of people at about 5pm UK time, with…

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen identifies herself as whistleblower

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen went public on Sunday as the whistleblower who leaked a cache of internal documents to the Wall Street Journal.In an interview with news program 60 Minutes, Haugen explained her decision to file complaints with US law enforcement and share with the Wall Street Journal proof that Facebook has willfully ignored…

Donald Trump asks Florida judge to force Twitter to reinstate account

Donald Trump, the former US president, has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to reinstate his account.In July Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter was filed late on Friday in Miami, claiming the…

CNN disables Facebook page in Australia after high court defamation decision

CNN has become the first major news organisation to disable its Facebook page in Australia, citing a high court decision which said publishers are legally responsible for comments posted below their stories.The US-based news network, owned by telecommunications giant AT&T, said it was “disappointed” Facebook declined a request to help disable public comments below CNN…

What makes me thankful? I grew up in a world before Instagram | Arwa Mahdawi

Sorry kids, no carefully curated data-extraction experience for you quite yet. On Monday, Facebook announced that it is “pausing” controversial plans to create Instagram for Kids, a version of its photo-sharing app designed for children under the age of 13.Does this mean Facebook has realised that it might not be in children’s best interest to…

Facebook pauses work on Instagram Kids after teen mental health concerns

Facebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing app’s impact on teen mental health.Instagram said it was “pausing” work to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girls’ mental…

Will Mark Zuckerberg’s total control of Facebook turn into a liability? | John Naughton

For devotees of C-Span, the public-service media network that covers the US Congress, Tuesday was an interesting day. The Senate judiciary subcommittee on competition policy, antitrust and consumer rights held a hearing on the social media companies, which for most purposes meant Google and Facebook. It was intriguing in several ways. For one thing, the…

Facebook ‘overpaid in data settlement to avoid naming Zuckerberg’

Facebook paid $4.9bn more than necessary to the US Federal Trade Commission in a settlement over the Cambridge Analytica scandal in order to protect Mark Zuckerberg, a lawsuit has claimed.The lawsuit alleges that the size of the $5bn settlement was driven by a desire to protect Facebook’s founder and chief executive from being named in…

Teenage girls, body image and Instagram’s ‘perfect storm’

Emily started using Instagram when she was in her mid-teens and found it helpful at first. She used the photo-sharing app to follow fitness influencers, but what began as a constructive relationship with the platform spiralled into a crisis centred on body image. At 19 she was diagnosed with an eating disorder.“I felt like my…

MP calls for Facebook to be punished if it holds back evidence of harm to users

Facebook should be punished with substantial fines, potentially running into billions of pounds, if it withholds evidence that its social media platforms harm users, according to the MP leading scrutiny of a new online safety bill.The social network is under political pressure on both sides of the Atlantic following revelations in the Wall Street Journal…

Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’

Facebook gives high-profile users special treatment, which includes immunity from its rules for some, and allowed Brazilian footballer Neymar to post nude pictures of a woman who had accused him of rape, according to a report.The XCheck or “CrossCheck” system steers reviews of posts by well-known users such as celebrities, politicians and journalists into a…