Instagram Is Down—Again—and Users Are Getting Frustrated

In what’s becoming a semi-regular event, Instagram was inaccessible to many users Wednesday morning. Starting at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET, the site was not showing users’ pictures, though some text captions were still visible. The outage seems concentrated in the Northeast U.S. and parts of Europe, including London, but there are sporadic outages around the […]

Behind the Barricades in Hong Kong, a Game of High-Tech Cat and Mouse—Data Sheet

Clay Chandler, filling in for Adam today. I write from Hong Kong where an uneasy calm descended this morning after the Legislative Council announced it will delay debate on a controversial proposal allowing extraditions to China’s mainland. The extradition measure is deeply unpopular here. The artless manner in which Hong Kong’s Beijing-annointed chief secretary Carrie […]

There’s No Roadmap to Breaking Up Facebook—But Here’s Where the Government Might Start

“Break up Big Tech,” has become a rallying cry of consumer advocates and prominent politicians. But what, in practice, would that actually look like? Fortune spoke with experts in various areas of law and business to see how that might play out with Facebook, which has become a bad boy poster child. The short view: […]

Breaking Up Facebook ‘Won’t Be Enough,’ Says Morgan Stanley Boss. Here’s His Proposal.

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

Cyber Saturday—Facebook Data Ownership, WhatsApp Phone Hack, ‘Blockchain Week’

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

You’ve Got a WhatsApp Notification: You May Have Been Hacked

WhatsApp pressed users to update its messaging service, following a report that a vulnerability in the software allowed attackers to hack into people’s phones using commercial Israeli spyware. The chat app, owned by Facebook Inc., said it had discovered a vulnerability in early May that could enable attackers to insert and execute code on mobile […]

House Oversight Committee Investigating Jared Kushner’s Use of WhatsApp for Foreign Communications

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings gave the White House until early April to voluntarily deliver documents in relation to presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s use of personal messaging applications like WhatsApp for official business. In a letter to the White House, Cummings said Thursday that the Trump administration has failed to provide the documentation and […]

WhatsApp Is Testing a Pair of new Features to Stop the Spread of Fake News

WhatsApp is trying get a handle on the ugly side of its platform by testing two new features that could help stop the spread of false information. The Facebook-owned messaging app is currently beta testing an in-app browser, and a reverse image search tool, which pops up in chat and allows people to search to […]

Facebook’s Press for Privacy Pushes out Chief Product Officer Chris Cox

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels, will be leaving the company, marking the latest in a string of executive departures for the embattled social network. Cox’s departure is especially enormous for Facebook, where he was one of the first 15 engineering hires. […]