Facebook, Instagram appear to partly reconnect after nearly six-hour outage

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(Businesshala) – Facebook and Instagram partially reconnected to the global Internet on Monday afternoon, nearly six hours into a global outage.

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Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps shut down around noon Eastern Time. Around 5:45 pm, some Facebook users started gaining partial access to the social media app.

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The outage was the second blow to the social media giant in several days after a whistleblower on Sunday accused the company of repeatedly prioritizing profits over crackdown on hate speech and misinformation.

Shares of Facebook, which has nearly 2 billion daily active users, opened lower after a whistleblower report and slipped further to trade down 5.3% in afternoon trading on Monday. They were on their way to their worst day in nearly a year, amid widespread selling in technology stocks.

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Reporting by Eva Mathews and Subrata Patnaik in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Tiyashi Dutta, Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru, Joseph Maine in San Francisco and Sheela Dang in Dallas; Editing by Uttaresh.V, Shailesh Kuber, Anil D’Silva and Sonya HepInstall

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