Last week Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down for a few hours on Wednesday as they were all apparently suffering from the same server problems. All three platforms are owned by Facebook in what has already unsettled many in the industry as a large chunk of the Social Media marketplace.
The company may be in bigger trouble though as US Officials have a criminal investigation ongoing into allegations that Facebook struck deals with other big tech companies. The deal involved Facebook handing over its users’ personal identifiable information without their explicit consent. If these allegations are true, Facebook will be facing a huge fine (potentially the biggest in the industry to date) coupled with another damaging hit to its reputation.
In an odd sign, two of Facebook’s top exec’s quit on Thursday in an apparent disagreement at Facebook’s plan to align its individual platforms under a single privacy-focussed application. Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer is one of the two executives leaving. He hinted at the disagreements in a post about his departure.
“As Mark (Zuckerberg) has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through.”