Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram Messenger apps are down again
Here we go again.
It appears that Mark Zuckerberg’s websites are having trouble again, including Messenger, Instagram’s messaging feature, and other Facebook services, according to a tweet from Messenger.
While not everyone is affected, it doesn’t bode well for the bright future described in Zuckerberg’s big-brand pivot announcement made last week.
Facebook Messenger, Workplace Chat and Instagram DM are down
Wednesday, DownDetector revealed this Instagram, Facebook (now called “Meta”), and messenger all had widespread problems. Social media users were quick to voice their frustrations over Zuckerberg’s latest outage on Twitter. “Kind of assumed I had broken my Messenger and IG inboxes until I searched for ‘Messenger Down’ on Twitter,” one user wrote. in a tweet. Many other takes have used the great art of memes to describe the experience, including a perfect “Grand Theft Auto” reference. Facebook has spared no time to recognize the error (by real concern or habit, we cannot say): “No, your wifi is not turned off”, read Messenger’s tweet. “We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #Messengerdown”.
Later, a spokesperson for “Meta” (no pun intended) said the company was facing problems with its communications platforms, including a Gizmodo report. “We are aware that some people have difficulty accessing DM Messenger, Workplace Chat and Instagram,” read a statement sent to Gizmodo. “We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.” This follows the biggest social media outage in a decade, when all of Facebook and its associated services disappeared completely from the internet in October, thanks to a “flawed configuration change” in a rarely mentioned but terribly crucial routing protocol , called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).
Meta’s facial recognition algorithm will end, but the underlying AI will remain
Beyond the Facebook (“Meta”) outages, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire also faces problems that cannot be solved with code, alone. On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it would shut down its facial recognition algorithms in the coming weeks, according to a company statement. Unofficially, it looked like a direct response to nearly a decade of growing concerns about the ethics of user privacy at a time of unprecedented wealth and growth for big tech companies. Privacy advocates in the US and the EU have strongly opposed the expansion of facial recognition on social media platforms like Facebook, where more than a billion users remain.
As Meta slips into Facebook’s place, the renowned company will remove more than a billion facial recognition models it had developed for everyone who has opted for the service. But not everyone is convinced of Meta-Face’s determination. Researcher in social and political effects of artificial intelligence Kate Crawford questioned the authenticity of Zuckerberg’s decision, arguing that his company keeps DeepFace, “the model that is formed on all” faces of users. And she’s not wrong: “The company hasn’t ruled out incorporating facial recognition into future products either,” read the company’s Tuesday press release. It’s unclear what Meta will do with its DeepFace AI, but with blackouts continuing, there’s a good chance the additional chaos will give privacy advocates a chance to push for a response.
It was a landmark story and was regularly updated as new information became available.