Consumer Report

Facebook Platforms Suffer Outages Monday

By Efrem Awet –

A day after “60 Minutes” aired a segment in which Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen claimed the company is aware of how its platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation, and that Facebook has tried to hide that evidence, Facebook (FB), Instagram and WhatsApp all suffered outages midday Monday.

Facebook released the following statement:

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook said on Twitter. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Additionally, shares of Facebook were down more than 5% in midday trading Monday, putting it on pace for its worst trading day in nearly a year.

The reason for the outage was not immediately clear. However, security experts have said a Domain Name System (DNS) problem as a possible culprit.

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