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FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND WHATSAPP ALL GO DOWN IN MAJOR OUTAGE – Biggest hack in history? Cyberattack?

Cyber Attack Alert

FACEBOOK and its affiliated services are reporting severe outages across its network following a mysterious breakdown that has affected hundreds of millions of people.

Along with Facebook, its own messenger service and Whastapp and Instagram are all down. Users across social media are reporting seeing a 505 error message on Facebook. Mike Sington said: “Facebook, as well as WhatsApp and Instagram owned by Facebook, are all down.

Coincidence, after whistleblower levels major bombshells against Facebook or major hack taking them down?

Commenting on the outage, Ari on Twitter said: “How is WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook all down at the same time like how does that make sense.”

It is unclear what caused the outage but issues were reported at 4.44pm BST.

When looking at trend aggregators, outages across all three major platforms began to be reported at similar times.

Courtesy of express.co.uk

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#Facebook and #Instagram experience major #outage across continental #USA, #Europe, #SouthAmerica, parts of #Asia

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The world’s largest social media platform Facebook has experienced a major outage across the continental US on Thanksgiving with thousands of reports of problems flooding in to popular crowdsourcing site DownDetector.

Users reported outages across both Facebook and Instagram, which are both owned by the same company, but WhatsApp appeared to be unaffected by the issue as yet. All three apps share much of the same underlying infrastructure which can often create a cascade effect when a server goes down.

The Facebook platform began experiencing issues at approximately 9:17 EST. Though the majority of the reports stem from the US, there has also been reports of issues in Europe, South America and parts of Asia.

As expected during these outages, frustrated users took to Twitter to vent their dissatisfaction and concern that they may have to actually talk to their family members during Thanksgiving dinner.

Courtesy of rt.com

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#Facebook images broken, #Instagram and #WhatsApp struggling too

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Starting at about 8:00 AM EDT, Facebook began having issues displaying any new images. At about the same time, Facebook image-sharing network, Instagram and its communications program WhatsApp began having similar problems.

Facebook wouldn’t admit to any problem for hours. In the meantime, users from around the globe are reporting issues on Twitter and DownDetector. While Facebook continues to run, people are primarily reporting that they’re unable to upload or view images.

In a statement sent just before 4 PM EDT, a Facebook representative finally addressed the elephant on the internet: “During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.” No time has been given for a fix.

At first, when I encountered the problem, I was unable to upload new photographs. Now I find I’m unable to view many older images. I’m far from alone.

Instagram users are also struggling. Since Instagram is all about images, the site is essentially down.

WhatsApp users are in the same sinking boat. They too can’t share photos or videos.

Several hours later Facebook Messenger users also started reporting similar problems.

In theory, all these social networks and messaging services are still on different platforms. In practice, clearly, they’re at least all sharing media storage mechanisms since they’re all suffering from the same kinds of problems.

Courtesy of zdnet.com

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Facebook: 50 million accounts hit by security breach

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The social media giant says it does not yet know whether accounts were misused or information accessed, and has informed police.
Facebook has said 50 million user accounts were affected by a security breach which potentially enabled hackers to take over people’s accounts.
 
The social media giant has not yet determined whether the accounts were misused or information was accessed.
 
Nor does it know who is behind the breach or where they are based.
 
Facebook said the hack was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, and stemmed from a change it made to its video uploading feature in July 2017.
 
Something called “View As”, which allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else, subsequently became vulnerable.
 
Guy Rosen, from the California-based company, said hackers were able to “steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts”.
 
In a statement on the company’s website, he described access tokens as the “equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app”.
 
He added: “It’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code.
 
“We’ve fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement.”
 
About 90 million people will now have to log back in, after an additional 40 million accounts, on top of the initial 50, were reset as a precautionary measure.
 
The “View As” feature has been temporarily turned off as the company conducts a “thorough security review”.
 
While an investigation is still in its early stages, Mr Rosen said Facebook was “working hard to better understand” what had happened.
 
“If we find more affected accounts, we will immediately reset their access tokens,” he added.
 
Mr Rosen said users’ privacy and security were “incredibly important”, and apologised for what had happened.
Courtesy of Sky News

Urgent: change your FB settings now if you want to see your favourite Left sites

SKWAWKBOX

Mike at the excellent Vox Political site has spotted a change to Facebook’s processes that means, whether by design or accident, that Facebook users are far less likely to see posts by their favourite independent, left-wing news outlets – unless they make a change to the settings that control their feeds.

Mike writes:

vox.pngNormally the SKWAWKBOX stats show a ratio of around four or five visitors via Facebook for every one via Twitter. Over the last few days that has dropped to around one and a half Facebook referrals to every Twitter visitor. Mike appears to have uncovered the reason why.

So, as a matter of urgency – both so you don’t miss your favourite articles and to make sure your favourite independent left-wing sites are supported as they need to be:

Go to the main Facebook page of each of your favourite outlets and change those settings…

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BREAKING: Nine schools locked down as Facebook Live killer spotted

SEVERAL schools are on red alert after a sudden burst of sightings of the Facebook Live killer.
 
Steven Stephens horrified the world yesterday by live streaming the murder of a pensioner.
 
In the sick video, the killer approached and executed an old man at point-blank range.
 
He’s been hunted since the killing yesterday in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Now it’s feared he’s resurfaced in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, after a series of sightings.
 
Eight elementary schools and at least one high school in the west of the city are now locked down.
Courtesy of dailystar.co.uk

Facebook Is Throwing A Tantrum!!!

Someone reported to facebook about me using the name Yamkin Extremities?! Facebook said I had to change the name which is so bizarre, but hey, I’ve changed the name and let’s hope that ‘someone’ has stopped having a panic attack!!!!!

They are ok with me using yamkin.extremities in the email address link though!!!

http://www.facebook.com/yamkin.extremities