For those of us who are put on Facebook timeout practically every other week, hearing that Facebook and Instagram were out of commission for a while on Wednesday, made our day.
Whether the claim is a violation of “Community Standards” for which no reason is ever given or a myriad of other “justifications,” Facebook took a sudden nose dive when it abruptly shutdown for about an hour due to a massive web and app outage. Thousands of users were impacted.
Approximately 40 percent indicated they experienced a total blackout, 36 percent said they were unable to login and 23 percent reported they could not access the Facebook app. according to
In the United States, the hardest hit areas were “New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.”
The loss of the social media giant sent Twitter into overdrive with #facebookdown trending.
Imaginative tweets began to roll out ranging from hilarious to those letting Facebook know exactly how they felt about them.
One of the more amusing tweets stated, “Right now, thousands of people are trying to remember their Twitter passwords…#facebookdown.”
— Will St Leger (@WillStLeger) October 11, 2017
Another humorous tweet read, “Ewww Facebook people better not try to take over Twitter. I don’t need to see their family vacation pics #facebookdown.”
Ewww Facebook people better not try to take over Twitter. I don't need to see their family vacation pics #facebookdown
— LaurenNYknicks (@AaliyahNevaeh7) October 11, 2017
Some took a more serious tone.
One tweet read: “#facebookdown Zuckerberg is probably purging another million Trump supporters.”
The meme accompanying the tweet showed a photo of Mark Zuckerberg with the words, “On Facebook you are free to say whatever I want.”
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) October 11, 2017
Another tweet took a jab at Zuckerberg’s admission that he was paid money from Russia during the election to run ads on his platform.
“Russian hacker want their money back for ads and shut #facebookdown.”
— BadAss Tina J 🇺🇸 (@tjrocks18) October 11, 2017
Then there was a tweet that compared Facebook’s outage to the NFL’s current “taking a knee” protest.
The meme depicts Zuckerberg saying, “I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. Only I am allowed to use our tools to undermine democracy.”
The attached tweet reads: “Apparently #Facebook has decided to #TakeTheKnee & go off-line for full-review of new/improved communist polices…#facebookdown.”
— DrConsrvaMom🇺🇸🐸🌐 (@ConservaMomUSA) October 11, 2017
The last tweet referencing “communist policies” may not be too far from the truth.
It was recently announced that Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and other leading Technology companies are joining with the Anti-Defamation League to “combat anti-Semitism and hate of all kinds, and to establish a Cyberhate Problem-Solving Lab to counter the growing amount of hate speech online.”
While engineers will focus on finding technical solutions, the social media companies and ADL will “collaborate to exchange ideas, investigate areas of common risk and opportunity, and seek to devise new approaches to identify and address cyberhate.”
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said:
“For all its promise, the Internet unfortunately has become a space where perpetrators of hate reach new recruits, harass and intimidate minorities, and spew hateful ideologies. As some of the most popular platforms, these companies have an added responsibility to do everything within their power to stop hate from flourishing on their watch. ADL has worked in partnership with leading technology companies for many years, and we look forward to tackling this pressing challenge together.”
Just what consumers want, right? Rules that “dictate” what they are allowed to say.
The latest attempt to inhibit “free speech” by Facebook and other social media giants along with the ADL will now decide “what” is hate speech, “what” needs to be done to address it and “who” needs “protection”.
Maybe #facebookdown wasn’t so bad after all.
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