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Facebook Appears To Be Down, Fake News Sites Hardest Hit

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:04:40 Z)

Reports are coming in from all over the world that a major outage is happening at Facebook. According to DownDetector.com the outages seem to be concentrated in Western Europe and Asia right now:


This problem will undoubtedly affect the many pages and websites using Facebook to spread fake news and hoaxes and will offer a welcome break to us here at Lead Stories.

Fortunately there still is Twitter to follow it all going down live:

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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