The Morning Briefing: Sadly, the Great Facebook Outage of 2021 Was Only Temporary

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Happy Tuesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. That fedora isn’t having the effect that you think it is.

One never knows what surprises will be encountered when a new week kicks off. Will it be good news or will it be bad? Will it be a boring Monday that never seems to end? Maybe we’ll get lucky and the Sweet Meteor of Death will finally deliver us from this madness.


A guy can dream.

By the time I rolled around to the news yesterday, all the good stuff had been happening for a while already. I’m on an odd schedule. People in the Eastern time zone are usually halfway through an afternoon of hating their lives by the time I get to my desk.

The “good stuff” that I mentioned was the fact that social media Death Star Facebook was having a rough go of it to begin the first full week of October this year.

Paula kept us up to date on the story all day:

As of publishing time, Facebook has been down for several hours, along with WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Oculus VR. But that’s just the beginning. The social media behemoth’s stock prices also crashed on Monday, making the company’s already bad day even worse. The plummet in stock prices came as a Facebook executive was on CNBC defending the company against claims by a whistleblower that the company prioritized profit over the safety of young Facebook users.

Oh, and speaking of that Facebook whistleblower—who leaked a bunch of documents to the Wall Street Journal a while back—she unmasked herself on “60 Minutes” last night.


Just not on Facebook.

It’s no secret that we in conservative media have a rather fraught relationship with the social media giant. Our fortunes are still somewhat tied to the behemoth, but as I explained last week, we’re working on ways to combat that. It’s pretty safe to say that I didn’t experience any heartbreak over the tough Monday Zuck and Co. were having.


The timing of the outage coming the morning after the whistleblower’s big coming-out party prompted some conspiratorial speculation:

A year or two ago I might have written it off to coincidence. After last year’s election and eight months of Bidenfest I now have a closet that is full of tinfoil hats. Coincidence is a unicorn that no longer exists.

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so it was with Facebook’s curious downtime. The beast began reawakening later on Monday so it could get back to fact-free fact-checking, thought policing, and giving liberals a platform to post their mental breakdowns in real-time, complete with memes.

All is right with this very wrong world again.

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