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Facebook, WhatsApp, And Instagram Are Starting To Show Signs Of Life

Por: CC News4 de octubre de 2021

After more than six hours of outage, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps have shown the first signs of life.

After hours of outage, users have pointed out with excitement that they have started receiving some messages stuck in the WhatsApp application, while others also received messages on Facebook Messenger.

Instagram is also starting to load some past images but is still presenting some errors.

Zuckerberg's fortune falls

The fortune of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plummeted this Monday by about $ 5.9 billion after a terrible session on Wall Street in which the social network, hit by a scandal over its unethical practices and global disruption of its services, fell about 4.9%. 

According to figures from Forbes, this decline means that Zuckerberg's fortune has remained at $ 117 billion, which relegates him to sixth place among the richest people in the world. 

Bloomberg, meanwhile, estimates that the creator of Facebook now accumulates $121 billion, making him the fifth richest person on the planet, behind Bill Gates. 

In total, Facebook has lost 7.74% on Wall Street in the last five days, and more than 13% in the past month. 

The shares of the social network were weighed down this Monday on the New York stock exchange by the interruption of the service of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp worldwide, an incident that lasted for several hours and for which the cause is still unknown. 

In addition, the company has been seriously affected by information that began to come to light three weeks ago by the Wall Street Journal, which reveals that Facebook executives know that the company's platforms (Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, in addition to the social network itself) are, in many cases, harmful to users.

The situation has been aggravated after the whistleblower responsible for leaking the documents to the press, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, 37, gave an interview on Sunday to the popular U.S. television program "60 Minutes." 

Haugen, who resigned last April from her position in the team in charge of protecting the electoral processes in the social network, explained in that interview that during her time at Facebook she was surprised by the company's unwillingness to solve problems that were causing harm to users, and of which the firm was aware, as the criterion of corporate profit always prevailed. 

Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards


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