Facebook in Hot Water: Whistleblower Outrage and Service Outages

A global outage of Facebook services lasted for hours on Monday. It occurred a day after a whistleblower came forward criticizing the company.


Facebook’s suite of apps and services suffered a worldwide outage on Monday due to a “faulty configuration change.”


reporting from the left side of the aisle




  • Newsmax highlighted a brief Reuters report that Sen. Amy Klobuchar will press Haugen on Facebook’s responsibility in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. 
  • The Federalist cast skepticism towards Haugen’s altruism, saying her efforts to rid the service of “angry, hateful, polarizing content” is newspeak for things with which she disagrees. The Federalist argues recent efforts to deem “anything skeptical of COVID vaccines” as misinformation belies their true motives to stifle criticism and silence those with which the intelligentsia disagrees.
  • Daily Caller focused almost exclusively on Facebook’s outage, quoting company officials while only briefly noting the tangential controversies at the end of their report.

Author’s Take

The fact that a single simple error created so many consequences around the world, such as Latin American businesses not being able to take orders or domestic violence non-profits not being able to communicate with victims, shows how too reliant we are on digital services.

There is this online life, a series of social networks, websites, and services overlayed on the real world, slowly suffocating the actual social bonds required for a stable society. While there were negative effects of the outage, life generally went on without issue for most people. Perhaps we can realize that we aren’t actually so reliant on these services, but that they want us to think we are. There has been plenty of reporting and commentary on how bad social media is for mental health.

Let’s all take a breather from it more often.

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