Users of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp began reporting a mass outage of the three ubiquitous social platforms this morning beginning 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Local news sites like ours use Facebook as one of the primary platforms to share our information with the public. This, unfortunately, creates scenarios in which the news we bring seemingly grinds to a halt as the cogs of Facebook Inc. stutter and shake.
Let it be known, MendoFever.com lives on. Though Facebook has come to be a reliable sharing platform, when unreliable, our domain stands strong.
The Facebook Incorporated outage, according to Reuters, is rooted in a configuration error.
That being said, there is a considerable amount of online speculation that the outage is a result of whistleblower Frances Haugen’s interview with 60 Minutes aired last night that revealed Facebook is misleading the public about its efforts to combat misinformation and calls to violence on its platform.
For posterity, the totality of that interview can be watched below: