Tracker: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Experiencing Blackout

Major social media services, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, suffered a massive outage Monday that could potentially impact tens of millions of users, the tracking site said. The Downdetector outage tracker showed outages in densely populated areas such as Washington and Paris, with problems reported at around 15:45 GMT or around 11.45 a.m. in Washington DC. Users trying to access Facebook in affected areas receive the message: “Something went wrong. We’re working on it and will fix it as soon as we can.” “We recognize that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said on Twitter. The outage came a day after a whistleblower appeared on US television to reveal his identity after he leaked documents to authorities accusing the social media giant of knowing its products incited hatred and harmed children’s mental health. Frances Haugen, according to AFP news agency, a 37-year-old data scientist from Iowa, has worked for companies including Google and Pinterest – but in an interview with the CBS television show “60 Minutes” she said Facebook was “substantially worse” than anything else. which he had seen before. The world’s largest social media platform has been in deep trouble after Haugen’s revelations, with US lawmakers and The Wall Street Journal detailing how Facebook knows its products, including Instagram, are hurting young women, particularly over body image. Facebook has not responded to AFP’s request for comment on the outage. (my/lt)

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