Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp suffer hours-long outage in US, Europe

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were down Sunday. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were not loading as of early Sunday morning. Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook was down since 6:30 a.m. EST in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines. An email requesting comment about the outage was sent to Facebook and Instagram. There are more than 1.52 billion daily act


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were down Sunday. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were not loading as of early Sunday morning. Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook was down since 6:30 a.m. EST in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines. An email requesting comment about the outage was sent to Facebook and Instagram. There are more than 1.52 billion daily act
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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp suffer hours-long outage in US, Europe

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were down Sunday.

All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were not loading as of early Sunday morning.

Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook was down since 6:30 a.m. EST in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines.

Facebook appeared to be back up and running for most users by 9 a.m. EST.

It was not immediately clear what caused the outage or how long the platforms would be down.

An email requesting comment about the outage was sent to Facebook and Instagram.

#FacebookDown, #instagramdown and #whatsappdown were all trending on Twitter globally.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.

There are more than 1.52 billion daily active Facebook users, according to the social media network’s website.


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Facebook has worst day of year on downgrade, investigations and exits

Facebook shares had their worst day of the year on Monday, closing down 3.3 percent and extending last week’s losses. The drop came after the company lost its chief product officer, Chris Cox, last week. Analysts at Needham downgraded the stock on Monday over growing concern that more top executives could follow the leads of Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, who also resigned. Cox, one of the earliest Facebook employees and someone insiders called the “heart and soul of the company,”


Facebook shares had their worst day of the year on Monday, closing down 3.3 percent and extending last week’s losses. The drop came after the company lost its chief product officer, Chris Cox, last week. Analysts at Needham downgraded the stock on Monday over growing concern that more top executives could follow the leads of Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, who also resigned. Cox, one of the earliest Facebook employees and someone insiders called the “heart and soul of the company,”
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Facebook has worst day of year on downgrade, investigations and exits

Facebook shares had their worst day of the year on Monday, closing down 3.3 percent and extending last week’s losses.

The drop came after the company lost its chief product officer, Chris Cox, last week. Analysts at Needham downgraded the stock on Monday over growing concern that more top executives could follow the leads of Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, who also resigned.

Cox, one of the earliest Facebook employees and someone insiders called the “heart and soul of the company,” left as CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to shift the company’s focus towards private messaging instead of open posts on the News Feed.

The stock dropped 2.5 percent on Friday and is down more than 13.3 percent over the past year.


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Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels are leaving

Cathcart previously ran the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said. The company will also elevate Fidji Simo to head of the Facebook app, succeeding Cathcart in that role, Zuckerberg said. Simo has previously led the company’s work on video and advertising for the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said. I’m also excited that Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app. We have so much important work ahead and I’m excited to continue working to give people the power to build community and bring the world c


Cathcart previously ran the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said. The company will also elevate Fidji Simo to head of the Facebook app, succeeding Cathcart in that role, Zuckerberg said. Simo has previously led the company’s work on video and advertising for the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said. I’m also excited that Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app. We have so much important work ahead and I’m excited to continue working to give people the power to build community and bring the world c
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Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels are leaving

“Chris is one of the clearest and most principled business thinkers I’ve met and the diversity of challenges he has helped us navigate is impressive,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Will Cathcart will succeed Daniels as the new head of WhatsApp, Zuckerberg said. Cathcart previously ran the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said.

“Will is one of the most talented leaders at our company — always focused on solving the most important problems for people and clear-eyed about the challenges and tradeoffs we face,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The company will also elevate Fidji Simo to head of the Facebook app, succeeding Cathcart in that role, Zuckerberg said. Simo has previously led the company’s work on video and advertising for the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said.

“She is one of our most talented product and organizational leaders — passionate about building community and supporting creativity, and focused on building strong teams and developing future leaders,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Facebook’s stock price fell more than 2 percent in after-hours trading.

Zuckerberg wrote the following:

A Note From Mark Zuckerberg

Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the following post with employees.

Hey everyone — I want to share some important updates as we organize our company to build out the privacy-focused social platform I discussed in my note last week. Embarking on this new vision represents the start of a new chapter for us.

As part of this, I’m sad to share the news that Chris Cox has decided to leave the company. Chris and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does. He has played so many central roles at Facebook — starting as an engineer on our original News Feed, building our first HR teams and helping to define our mission and values, leading our product and design teams, running the Facebook app, and most recently overseeing the strategy for our family of apps. Along the way, Chris has helped train many great leaders who are now in important roles across the company — including some who will now take on bigger roles in our new product efforts.

For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something else. He is one of the most talented people I know and he has the potential to do anything he wants. But after 2016, we both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society, and he stayed to help us work through these issues and help us chart a course for our family of apps going forward. At this point, we have made real progress on many issues and we have a clear plan for our apps, centered around making private messaging, stories and groups the foundation of the experience, including enabling encryption and interoperability across our services. As we embark on this next major chapter, Chris has decided now is the time to step back from leading these teams. I will really miss Chris, but mostly I am deeply grateful for everything he has done to build this place and serve our community.

At the same time, as we embark on this new chapter, Chris Daniels has also decided to leave the company. Chris has also done great work in many roles, including running our business development team, leading Internet.org, which has helped more than 100 million people get access to the internet, and most recently at WhatsApp, where he has helped define the business model for our messaging services going forward. Chris is one of the clearest and most principled business thinkers I’ve met and the diversity of challenges he has helped us navigate is impressive. I’ve really enjoyed working with Chris and I’m sure he will do great work at whatever he chooses to take on next.

While it is sad to lose such great people, this also creates opportunities for more great leaders who are energized about the path ahead to take on new and bigger roles.

I’m excited that Will Cathcart will be the new head of WhatsApp. Will is one of the most talented leaders at our company — always focused on solving the most important problems for people and clear-eyed about the challenges and tradeoffs we face. Most recently he has done a great job running the Facebook app, where he has led our shift to focusing on meaningful social interactions and has significantly improved the performance and reliability of the app. In his career here, Will has helped lead our teams focused on security and integrity, and he believes deeply in providing end-to-end encryption to everyone in the world across our services.

I’m also excited that Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app. She is one of our most talented product and organizational leaders — passionate about building community and supporting creativity, and focused on building strong teams and developing future leaders. She has played key roles in building many aspects of the Facebook app, including leading our work on video and advertising. She believes deeply in helping people get more value out of the networks they’ve built. She has already led this team for much of last year while Will was out on parental leave, and she is the clear person to lead these efforts going forward.

Our family of apps strategy has been led jointly by Chris Cox and Javier Olivan. Chris managed the leaders of the apps directly and Javi has been responsible for all of the central product services that work across our apps, including safety and integrity, analytics, growth, and ads. Javi will now lead identifying where our apps should be more integrated. Javi is an incredibly thoughtful, strategic and analytical leader, and I’m confident this work will continue to go well. Since we have now decided on the basic direction of our family of apps for the next few years, I do not plan on immediately appointing anyone to fill Chris’s role in the near term. Instead, the leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky), and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our Chief Marketing Officer (Antonio Lucio) will report directly to Sheryl.

This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future. I’m deeply grateful for everything Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here, and I’m looking forward to working with Will and Fidji in their new roles as well as everyone who will be critical to achieving this vision. We have so much important work ahead and I’m excited to continue working to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.


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Facebook has been down for hours, Instagram and WhatsApp also affected

Facebook users around the world reported issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp thoughout the day on Wednesday. Reports of problems with Facebook peaked at over 11,000 worldwide according to Downdetector, a website where users can report problems on apps and websites. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. Technical issues with Facebook have historically posed serious problems for advertisers


Facebook users around the world reported issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp thoughout the day on Wednesday. Reports of problems with Facebook peaked at over 11,000 worldwide according to Downdetector, a website where users can report problems on apps and websites. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. Technical issues with Facebook have historically posed serious problems for advertisers
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Facebook has been down for hours, Instagram and WhatsApp also affected

Facebook users around the world reported issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp thoughout the day on Wednesday. Facebook did not give a reason for the outage, and provided minimal information other than acknowledging it is aware services are down in some areas.

Facebook shares were relatively unchanged Wednesday afternoon.

The company acknowledged the outage in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

It later confirmed the problem was not the result of a DDoS attack, which refers to a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack in which a hacker overwhelms a site by flooding it with fake traffic.

Reports of problems with Facebook peaked at over 11,000 worldwide according to Downdetector, a website where users can report problems on apps and websites. Downdetector listed zero problems by about 5 p.m. Eastern, and many people reported their access had been restored, but Facebook has not yet confirmed the issues were resolved.

Users reported a variety of problems, from being unable to load the site at all to not being able to post comments. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. When loading the site, some users’ got a message on the screen saying “Account Temporarily Unavailable.”

At a Facebook event at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas Wednesday, the company’s head of video products cracked a joke when he ran into technical issues.

“Today is the technical difficulties day for Facebook, I guess,” cracked Paresh Rajwat, in a reference to the company’s worldwide service outage when his presentation’s video failed to include audio. Rajwat was announcing new features for Facebook’s Watch video service.

Technical issues with Facebook have historically posed serious problems for advertisers who use the platform and even other websites.

Facebook previously experienced an outage of its tool for advertisers in November at a time when marketers were trying to place ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

In 2013, Facebook experienced a glitch which took several websites down with it thanks to the prevalence of its login feature across the internet. When users tried to log into a website with their Facebook profile, they were directed to a Facebook error page, Business Insider reported at the time. The glitch, which only lasted a few minutes, affected websites including The New York Times and CNN, Business Insider reported.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg spells out vision for a ‘privacy-focused’ internet after a year of turmoil

The note detailed how Zuckerberg and his team are thinking about plans to integrate the messaging functions of the three main services. Zuckerberg said a lot of the work is still in its early stages, but he added that Facebook plans to consult with outside experts as it’s built out. Facebook has been beset by privacy scandals over the past year, and has faced backlash from users and lawmakers. Zuckerberg said the new service will prioritize user safety and encrypt private communications. “But we


The note detailed how Zuckerberg and his team are thinking about plans to integrate the messaging functions of the three main services. Zuckerberg said a lot of the work is still in its early stages, but he added that Facebook plans to consult with outside experts as it’s built out. Facebook has been beset by privacy scandals over the past year, and has faced backlash from users and lawmakers. Zuckerberg said the new service will prioritize user safety and encrypt private communications. “But we
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Facebook's Zuckerberg spells out vision for a 'privacy-focused' internet after a year of turmoil

“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Zuckerberg said on his Facebook post. “This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”

The note detailed how Zuckerberg and his team are thinking about plans to integrate the messaging functions of the three main services. Zuckerberg said a lot of the work is still in its early stages, but he added that Facebook plans to consult with outside experts as it’s built out. Facebook has been beset by privacy scandals over the past year, and has faced backlash from users and lawmakers.

“Today if you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp you have to use WhatsApp,” he wrote. “We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer.”

Zuckerberg said the new service will prioritize user safety and encrypt private communications.

“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing,” Zuckerberg wrote. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.”


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Facebook’s Zuckerberg spells out vision for a ‘privacy-focused’ internet after a year of turmoil

The note detailed how Zuckerberg and his team are thinking about plans to integrate the messaging functions of the three main services. Zuckerberg said a lot of the work is still in its early stages, but he added that Facebook plans to consult with outside experts as it’s built out. Facebook has been beset by privacy scandals over the past year, and has faced backlash from users and lawmakers. Zuckerberg said the new service will prioritize user safety and encrypt private communications. “But we


The note detailed how Zuckerberg and his team are thinking about plans to integrate the messaging functions of the three main services. Zuckerberg said a lot of the work is still in its early stages, but he added that Facebook plans to consult with outside experts as it’s built out. Facebook has been beset by privacy scandals over the past year, and has faced backlash from users and lawmakers. Zuckerberg said the new service will prioritize user safety and encrypt private communications. “But we
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Facebook's Zuckerberg spells out vision for a 'privacy-focused' internet after a year of turmoil

“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Zuckerberg said on his Facebook post. “This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”

The note detailed how Zuckerberg and his team are thinking about plans to integrate the messaging functions of the three main services. Zuckerberg said a lot of the work is still in its early stages, but he added that Facebook plans to consult with outside experts as it’s built out. Facebook has been beset by privacy scandals over the past year, and has faced backlash from users and lawmakers.

“Today if you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp you have to use WhatsApp,” he wrote. “We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer.”

Zuckerberg said the new service will prioritize user safety and encrypt private communications.

“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing,” Zuckerberg wrote. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.”


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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens’ rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social


An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social
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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens' rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media.

Social media in the world’s largest democracy have become a hotbed for circulation of fake political news and tech firms face intense scrutiny ahead of a general election due before May, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term.

In a circular late on Thursday, the parliamentary committee on information technology, chaired by Anurag Thakur, a lawmaker from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it would hear the views of officials from Facebook and its units on March 6.

The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added.

It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear.

Facebook declined to comment, while WhatsApp and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel has previously summoned social network Twitter Inc’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to appear on Monday to discuss the same topic.

“These are issues for all Internet services globally,” Twitter said on Friday, adding that Colin Crowell, its global vice president of public policy, is to meet the panel on Monday.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have overhauled policies to boost transparency ahead of the general election and rein in misinformation.

Alphabet Inc’s Google this week launched a program to train journalists in areas such as online verification and fact checking before the polls.


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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens’ rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social


An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social
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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens' rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media.

Social media in the world’s largest democracy have become a hotbed for circulation of fake political news and tech firms face intense scrutiny ahead of a general election due before May, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term.

In a circular late on Thursday, the parliamentary committee on information technology, chaired by Anurag Thakur, a lawmaker from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it would hear the views of officials from Facebook and its units on March 6.

The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added.

It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear.

Facebook declined to comment, while WhatsApp and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel has previously summoned social network Twitter Inc’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to appear on Monday to discuss the same topic.

“These are issues for all Internet services globally,” Twitter said on Friday, adding that Colin Crowell, its global vice president of public policy, is to meet the panel on Monday.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have overhauled policies to boost transparency ahead of the general election and rein in misinformation.

Alphabet Inc’s Google this week launched a program to train journalists in areas such as online verification and fact checking before the polls.


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Facebook’s plan to merge messaging services could be barred in the EU

Facebook’s plans to integrate the messaging functions of Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger could be blocked in the EU by the region’s privacy laws. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said in a statement Monday that “ultimately the proposed integration can only occur in the EU if it is capable of meeting all of the requirements of the GDPR.” The Irish commission supervises Facebook at an EU level as the tech giant’s European headquarters are in Dublin. It said in the statement that it had


Facebook’s plans to integrate the messaging functions of Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger could be blocked in the EU by the region’s privacy laws. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said in a statement Monday that “ultimately the proposed integration can only occur in the EU if it is capable of meeting all of the requirements of the GDPR.” The Irish commission supervises Facebook at an EU level as the tech giant’s European headquarters are in Dublin. It said in the statement that it had
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Facebook's plan to merge messaging services could be barred in the EU

Facebook’s plans to integrate the messaging functions of Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger could be blocked in the EU by the region’s privacy laws.

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said in a statement Monday that “ultimately the proposed integration can only occur in the EU if it is capable of meeting all of the requirements of the GDPR.”

The Irish commission supervises Facebook at an EU level as the tech giant’s European headquarters are in Dublin. It said in the statement that it had asked Facebook Ireland for an “urgent briefing” on the proposals to merge the three services.

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation protects individuals’ personal data from being kept or shared without consent. Organizations can face penalties of up to 20 million euros ($22.87 million) or 4 percent of their annual global turnover for breaching the rules.


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Facebook’s plan to merge its messaging services ignites further antitrust concerns

Facebook’s reported plans to integrate its three messaging platforms could very well lead to additional regulatory scrutiny for a company that’s already under a legal microscope. The New York Times reported on Friday that Facebook plans to combine the technical infrastructure behind WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, though the apps will continue to function as separate services. CNBC spoke with several antitrust lawyers who all said that Facebook’s move is unlikely to bring new antitru


Facebook’s reported plans to integrate its three messaging platforms could very well lead to additional regulatory scrutiny for a company that’s already under a legal microscope. The New York Times reported on Friday that Facebook plans to combine the technical infrastructure behind WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, though the apps will continue to function as separate services. CNBC spoke with several antitrust lawyers who all said that Facebook’s move is unlikely to bring new antitru
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-01-27  Authors: lauren feiner, saul loeb, afp, getty images
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Facebook's plan to merge its messaging services ignites further antitrust concerns

Facebook’s reported plans to integrate its three messaging platforms could very well lead to additional regulatory scrutiny for a company that’s already under a legal microscope.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Facebook plans to combine the technical infrastructure behind WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, though the apps will continue to function as separate services. The paper cited four people familiar with the company’s plans.

CNBC spoke with several antitrust lawyers who all said that Facebook’s move is unlikely to bring new antitrust action against the company. But the public debate quickly started percolating.

Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told the Times that Facebook’s plans would be “a terrible outcome for internet users,” and Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) took to Twitter to voice his concern.

“This is why there should have been far more scrutiny during Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp which now clearly seem like horizontal mergers that should have triggered antitrust scrutiny,” Khanna wrote.

The last year has been brutal for Facebook. The company is facing intense pressure over its privacy practices and platform manipulation by foreign actors. At a hearing of international lawmakers in the U.K. in November, a Canadian representative suggested antitrust might be the solution to Facebook’s problems.

“What we’re regulating … are the symptoms,” said Charlie Angus, Canada’s vice chairman of the House of Commons’ standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics. “Perhaps the best regulation would be antitrust.”

Proponents of breaking up Facebook have suggested spinning out WhatsApp or Instagram. The company’s family of apps sees north of 2.5 billion users each month and dominates mobile traffic. But Daniel Crane, a law professor at the University of Michigan, said that combining the back-end technology of the services shouldn’t factor into that issue.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-01-27  Authors: lauren feiner, saul loeb, afp, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, whatsapp, ignites, plan, concerns, antitrust, scrutiny, instagram, merge, messaging, plans, company, facebook, services, privacy, facebooks, users


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