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Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp were down for 6 hours yesterday


Yesterday, right before noon, Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, went down. Facebook went completely dark for about six hours while Whatsapp and Instagram remained up but had no new content. Users could not make posts or send messages. This was the longest outage for Facebook since 2008. Facebook is facing increased and much-needed scrutiny following congressional hearings and the emergence of whistleblower Frances Haugen, whose segment on 60 Minutes aired Sunday. Haugen described how Facebook’s algorithm deliberately favors engagement, outrage and profit over safety. Facebook has not revealed why their services failed for so long. Tech companies reported that DNS services, which route users to websites through their domain names, were down. This seems to have been a targeted attack on Facebook as only their sites and apps were affected. (This is pure speculation. It’s also possible that Facebook’s DNS services were down for some other reason.) Here’s more, from CNBC:

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are once again accessible, more than six hours after users first reported a major outage that took the services offline Monday.

Some of the services are not yet fully functioning — for example, some users are still reporting problems posting new content to Instagram.

“To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry,” Facebook said in a statement. “We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”

Facebook did not disclose what went wrong.

All three platforms stopped working shortly before noon ET, when the websites and apps for Facebook’s services were responding with server errors. Reports on showed the outages appeared to be widespread, but it was unclear how many users were unable to access the apps.

ThousandEyes, a network monitoring service owned by Cisco, said in an email that the outage was the result of DNS failure. DNS, short for Domain Name System, is like a phone book for websites.

The outage marked the longest stretch of downtime for Facebook since 2008, when a bug knocked the site offline for about a day, affecting about 80 million users. The platform currently has 3 billion users.

[From CNBC]

Whatsapp is widely used in Europe and worldwide in place of standard data messaging, and many users were left with no way to reach friends and family. Facebook serves a similar purpose for countless people, who were cut off yesterday. What’s more is that Facebook employees could not even enter the buildings because their key tags stopped working. It was a scary wakeup call that even the largest tech giants are vulnerable and the stock market got hammered. Facebook’s stock dropped by 5%.

Twitter was online as all this was happening. There were some moments when it wasn’t refreshing, which was likely due to the influx of traffic, but it held steady. We’re mostly Twitter users on CB and there were so many memes and updates about this.


Hiya babes!

— Adele (@Adele) October 4, 2021

Lmao. Friend at Facebook confirmed they ended up bringing in a guy with an angle grinder to get access to the server cage

— Cullen (@cullend) October 4, 2021

its my first day interning at facebook guess what i just did LMAOOOOOOO

— myesha thee stallion (@myeshachou) October 4, 2021

oh this a retrograde retrograde

— miss martian (@f8the) October 4, 2021

“facebook is down” is one thing but “facebook is down and they can’t fix it because they locked themselves out of the house and they can’t talk to each other because facebook is down” is funnier than any joke you could write

— Fiora (@FioraAeterna) October 4, 2021

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Sydney Sweeney on social media: ‘It’s the most unhealthy part of my life’


You may know Sydney Sweeney from her work in Euphoria or The White Lotus, which has been

picked up for a second season. (Season two will be following an entirely new cast at a different resort. Euphoria is also coming back for season two, having filmed earlier this year.) Sydney stars alongside Justice Smith in Amazon’s erotic psychological thriller The Voyeurs, out this Friday. The movie is about a young couple who spy on and get entangled with their neighbors. Director Michael Mohan has said that the film is an statement on social media stalking. In a recent interview, Sydney called social media unhealthy and explained that it gives her anxiety. Below are a few more details from The Independent:

Director Michael Mohan has called it a commentary on the culture of “stalking” social media has enabled.

“It’s the most unhealthy part of my life,” Sweeney, 23, told the Press Association. “The fact that I am second guessing and having anxiety over posting a picture is sickening.”

She said she believed this particular side of internet culture is a topic that has not been explored in film before.

“I’ve never seen a movie, especially present day, explore the detrimental side of our society,” she said.

“Because you’re constantly comparing yourself to their lives, what they’re wearing, where they are, what they look like, and I think that’s something that [my character] Pippa totally has a lot of problems with, and she’s comparing herself to across the window and the couple.”

[From Independent]

For me social media is not just about voyeurism and cyber stalking although I find that concerning. My biggest issue is people comparing themselves to other people’s curated lives. Sydney said she gets anxiety before posting a picture and that she is constantly comparing her life to others. It is so dangerous to have this mindset. So many people create a fantasy life on social media that isn’t real. Honestly I don’t know the solution to this. We could encourage folks to not compare or compete with what they see on their timelines. But that would be like speaking to a wall.

I agree with director Mohan that social media has enabled people to participate in exhibitionism, voyeurism, and stalking. The sad truth is most people who are addicted to social media don’t recognize what they’re doing. I have spent less time on Instagram lately because I don’t want to put so much on display or watch other people’s lives. I look forward to seeing The Voyeurs and am waiting for season two of Euphoria. In the mean time I hope Sydney and others like her are able to find balance in their social media usage.

Here’s the trailer for The Voyeurs:

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Instagram has new safety feature to turn off comments, DMs from non-followers

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This is Bukayo Saka, one of the British soccer players who was subject to racist abuse online

Last month, Black British soccer players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho were racially harassed on social media after missing their penalty kicks during the Euro 2020, costing England the trophy. Earlier this week Twitter released an analysis showing that the bulk of the racist abuse came from the UK. Other than suspending accounts, Twitter hasn’t done much to address this. They stated that 99% of suspended accounts were identifiable and that ID verification wouldn’t have prevented it. Instagram is also attempting to reduce abusive comments and DMs on its platform. Instagram announced that they recently implemented a feature called “limits” which “limits” those who don’t follow you, or who have recently followed you, from leaving comments on your posts. Instagram already implemented another feature called “hidden words” back in April which allow users to filter DMs with abusive words. Below are a few more details from The Verge:

Among them is something called “limits.” Turning this on prevents anyone who doesn’t follow you, or who recently followed you, from commenting or sending a DM. The feature is available to everyone globally today, and Instagram points out that it’ll likely be most useful to businesses and creators who expect a flurry of responses. Of course, turning comments or DMs off entirely would also work, but Instagram says this is a solution for people who still want the possibility of positively engaging with their community. The company says it’s also “exploring ways” to preemptively suggest that people turn this feature on when it detects a spike in activity.

Additionally, Instagram is building out its hidden words feature that launched in April, which allows people to automatically filter DMs with offensive words, phrases, and emoji, relegating them to a hidden folder. The feature now has a wider list of potentially offensive words, emoji, and hashtags. And finally, the app is issuing sterner warnings to people who try to post offensive comments. (This type of messaging already existed but only appeared if someone attempted to post multiple times.)

“We hope these new features will better protect people from seeing abusive content, whether it’s racist, sexist, homophobic or any other type of abuse,” the company writes in a press release. “We know there’s more to do, including improving our systems to find and remove abusive content more quickly, and holding those who post it accountable.”

[From The Verge]

I swear these social media platforms are doing absolutely f*ck all about abuse on their platforms. Is Instagram joking with these silly features? I’ll admit the features will weed some of the abuse but it really isn’t enough. Every account needs to be verified as a real person and not a bot. Those who are spewing abuse on social media should suffer real consequences, like having their posts turned over to authorities. Folks need to fear behaving poorly in a public forum will lead to terrible outcomes. I personally feel that our laws need to catch up to the digital age. Expecting people on social media to regulate themselves will never lead to real change. Companies make a sh*t ton of profits from the spreading of hate.

These features filter out abuse from people who don’t follow YOU. There should be a setting to limit comments on Instagram to accounts you follow, similar to how Twitter lets you set tweets to only accept comments from people you follow. Of course we can also be bullied by people we follow, but this would be a good start. I guess I should be happy that Instagram has put these two features into place. But I continue to get DMs from people I don’t know digital cat calling me. And I still see way too many abusive messages on Instagram and Twitter. All of these platforms need to do better, full stop.

Our data suggests that ID verification would have been unlikely to prevent the abuse from happening – as of the permanently suspended accounts, 99% of account owners were identifiable.

— Twitter UK (@TwitterUK) August 10, 2021

Today we’re announcing three updates to protect people from racism and abuse on Instagram. We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on our platform, and we hope these new tools will help protect people from having to experience abuse.

— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) August 11, 2021

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Elsa Hosk’s Latest Skinny Model Snaps

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Skinny model snaps: She may not have been the skinniest model to walk the runway during the 2016 VS show last month, but Victoria’s Secret beauty Elsa Hosk recently shared a few snaps on her Instagram page that showed off a very thin figure. The model took a few photos while on a job in Miami, where she modeled lingerie, then shared a bikini snap while tanning.

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Cindy Crawford: ‘I don’t need people pointing out I don’t look 20’

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On being criticized on Instagram for not looking like she did at age 20:

I don’t need everyone on Instagram pointing out that I don’t look the same way I did when I was 20. I know that. Sometimes when you’re in the public eye, it can be hard, and that’s where you kind of have to work on yourself. No matter what I do, I’m not going to look 20 or 30. I just want to look great for 50. I exercise, eat healthy and take really good care of my skin. There’s pressure on women to do the undoable, which is not age. But it’s about looking great for however old you are, regardless of what that number is.

Last year, Cindy raised a few eyebrows when she was quoted saying:

I always tease my daughter (14) – who everyone agrees, is a mini-me – and say ‘You have my old hair – I want it back!’ or, ‘You have my old legs – I want them back.’

Step Back in Time: Cindy in her 20s:

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Gigi Hadid Lost Weight Because of Thyroid Disease

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While the topic of Gigi Hadid weight loss is still hot, here’s a new twist – the model’s significant weight loss was not intentional, but caused by a thyroid disease.

On the fact that she never wanted to lose weight and her skinnier figure is the result of a thyroid disease:

“My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a thyroid disease, and it’s now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn’t want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that’s good.”

… says Gigi.

After Gigi made the revelation about her illness, various media sources started to do a little research and pointed out that Hashimoto’s disease causes weight gain, not weight loss – in addition, others said that patients do not experience symptoms major once they get the right treatment, like Gigi has for the past 2 years.


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Chloe Lattanzi Talks about Her Anorexia and Body Dysmorphia

A while ago, we ran a story about 30 year-old singer Chloe Lattanzi and her issues with being called ‘stupid’ because of her looks – particularly her big boobs. This week, Chloe is back and she’s here to talk about her past struggles with anorexia and body dysmorphia.

On her anorexia and body dysmorphia:

After my parents divorce I went through this chubby phase. I would eat to comfort myself. I would see comments in magazines about how I was chubby. Around 16 I started to restrict food… along with the anorexia came OCD and depression. I didn’t have a clear sense of myself so I had my lips pumped up… I looked ridiculous. I got into using drugs and alcohol. I would read in the tabloids I was this alcoholic crazy disappointment. That really hit hard. I was at my lowest. Funnily enough I met the love of my life at the darkest time of my life. I still have my battles today. When I read these things that they say – having big breasts, not being thin enough, it’s like you can’t win no matter what you do.

On the fact that she’s never had plastic surgery:

There was rumors that I’ve had like work done, like plastic surgery on my face. Like I really haven’t. When I was in the height of my body dysmorphia I had a whole bunch of fillers. I’ve had all that removed from my face because I like the way I look naturally.

On the constant struggle with her insecurities:

I look back at myself as a teenager and I’m like ‘what a beautiful young woman, what was I thinking, why was I so secure?’ So many young girls are going through body dysmorphia. We’re constantly told how we’re supposed to look via Instagram and filters and there’s constant pressure for us to look person.

… says Chloe.

@robertlynden best shoot ever! I love you! Can’t wait for our next round of fun ?????????

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