Deep Dive (Oct. 4): Social Media Down Globally; Facebook Whistleblower Steps Forward

People around the world have been impacted as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all experiencing a major outage Monday. According to detection websites, by noon, there were over 5 million reports that Facebook was down. In America alone, there were over 123,000 reports of the social media giant being down. This comes after a Facebook whistleblower accused the company of prioritizing profits over public good in her bombshell interview with “60 minutes.” Frances Haugen said, “There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests.”

U.S. Marines who had been deployed to Afghanistan returned home on Sunday. This comes as a Marine who rescued a baby over the fence at the Kabul airport is being investigated for appearing at a Trump rally. On Saturday, Sept. 25, he went on stage at a Trump rally held in Perry, Georgia. Trump told the rally that with them that day was one of the Marines who was in Kabul and helped evacuate children. Lance Corporal Hunter Clark was not wearing his military uniform at the time. He spoke for about 20 seconds. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is now conducting a command investigation, “to determine if any Department of Defense policies were violated.”

An alarming new report has come out on the U.S. military. According to data from the Department of Defense, the suicide rates among active duty service members have gone up by more than 40 percent over five years. The data says in 2020, there was a 9.1 percent increase in the rate for active duty service members. Among Reserve members, it went up by 19.2 percent last year, but has gone down since 2018. And though the rate for National Guard members went up by almost 32 percent—it also decreased in the past two years. In 2020 alone, 580 members of the military died by suicide.

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