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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Should Facebook flag its own story?
Facebook and iInstagram, both owned by the Facebook company, went down for a while earlier today. Somebody at Facebook said the sites went down because of an internal glitch in a Facebook computer, and gave out that hackers weren't responsible.
Yet, at the same time, other social media sites, such as HipChat and Tinder, also went down.
I suppose that that blackout was also a result of computer glitches happening on those sites in a remarkable case of random coincidence. Couldn't possibly be true that the hacker collective Lizard Squad was, as it implied, responsible.
Well, maybe the snowstorm disrupted a common computer linkage, but, if so, Facebook isn't admitting it.
Here is one excerpt from a news account:
“This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 percent for everyone,” CNBC reports, citing the company’s statement received via email.
Interestingly, Facebook's newsroom is mum on the topic.
So perhaps those stories conveying the views of anonymous FB spokespersons on this incident should be flagged as "false news" put out by corporate types concerned about FB's reputation for security.
Another possibility: the other social media sites have business arrangements with Facebook to use FB technology, but FB said nothing about that.

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