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Facebook: ‘No malicious activity’ behind outage

Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook has said there was “no malicious activity” behind a widespread outage that knocked all of its services offline for several hours yesterday.

The social network – as well as Instagram and WhatsApp – were inaccessible for millions of people because of technical issues.

Although the tech giant had previously said that a faulty configuration change was to blame for the disruption, it didn’t make clear whether someone had deliberately interfered with its servers.

As well as dealing with the fallout from the high-profile outage, Facebook is in the spotlight as a former employee tells Congress that the company needs to be tackled like Big Tobacco.

Frances Haugen, a former product manager, has blown the whistle on Facebook – telling US politicians that its platforms “harm children, stoke division [and] weaken our democracy”.

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