Congratulations, we broke the Internet – Do Not Read Until Monday
Enjoy life outside the pothole-ridden information superhighway and Do Not Read Until Monday.
OK, looks like we literally broke the internet
If it seems like every major online platform has suffered an outage recently, it’s probably because … most every major online platform has suffered an outage recently.
Ahead of July 4, Facebook and Instagram both had partial outages, mainly affecting images. While that particular outage revealed much about how the company’s AI identifies subjects and objects in the content we provide it, it took away a prime reason we use the platforms.
Roughly 17,760 explosions in the sky later, Twitter also took a tumble, with services out for several hours. Reddit went down earlier the same day, though more trolling-inclined Redditors might note old.reddit.com was still functioning.
It’s becoming a regular occurrence, as Facebook properties have beendownmultiple timesthis year. A June Google outage meant YouTube and Snapchat went down as well. Thankfully, Google+ did not live to see that grim day.
So what’s causing these, aside from the ascribed “system error” or whatever excuse gets handed down? Perhaps it’s malicious hackers meddling in prime platforms for information sharing. Maybe it’s the dissolution of net neutrality. Or maybe we just finally broke the Internet.
Odds + The End
- A federal appeals court ruled Trump blocking critics unconstitutional. Some took it as opportunity to sue Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the same.
- On a c o m p l e t e l y unrelated note, Instagram’s planning a feature that will essentially ask users “do you really want to post that?”
- The president also held a ‘social media summit’ at the White House. There also may be one with actual social media companies sometime too. Maybe.
- Some of those companies will definitely be questioned by a House committeeheading up an antitrust investigation though.
- Twitter also took some actionagainst ‘dehumanizing language’ directed at religious groups, though feedback has been mixed.
- While Twitter users in Canada will soon be able to hide specific replies to their tweets, the rest of us still Can’t-ada.
- Tinderand Spotifyboth trimmed down for ‘lite’ versions.
- Pinterest is driving users to upload video.
- Snap’s incubator announced 10 new projects, plus the main app will now have “Creator Shows” from Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more.
- Facebook’s trying to get more creator content too, just through new monetization features.
- It’s also forming its own incubatorto develop ‘viral apps’ – like … Snapchat?
- Or TikTok, which is using a rewards programto drive word-of-mouth downloads.
- Tumblr’s going dark. No, not shutting down (yet) – just hopping on the dark mode trend.
- About 40 million people watched Stranger Things 3 in its first four days.
- Glutton for punishment Google is giving social another try.
- One thing it’s good at? Allowing engineers to listen to what you tell Google Assistant.
- Warner Media’s long-teased streaming service will be called HBO Max. And it’s got Friends.
- Facebook’s taking a harder line against misinformation … uh, about itself. 😬
- It also provided a “Well, Actually” on ad tracking.
- Libra may get banned in India, but might also get the Winklevoss Twins back together with Zuckerberg. Let’s hug it out, guys!
- There’s an Uber option for extra leg room and hey I get you’re trying to be friendly but could you just not right now?
- Amazon’s now co-developing a Lord of the Rings video game.
- What’s AI up to this week? Hmmm… Ruining Garfieldand owning people in Texas Hold ‘Em.
- WHERE IS JA? Not in a court roomfor Fyre Festival, apparently.
- July 12, 2019