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We’d like to hear from social media users about how recent developments have affected them

Users complained about the problems with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook on 5 October
Users complained about the problems with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook on 5 October Photograph: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock
Users complained about the problems with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook on 5 October Photograph: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock
Wed 6 Oct 2021 12.31 BST

Facebook has come under fire after a whistleblower accused the company of putting “astronomical profits before people”, stoking divisions and endangering children.

Frances Haugen’s testimony to the US Congress is the latest in a series of problems for the social media giant, coming as it suffered it global outage across its platforms, which in turn gave ammunition to calls for it to be broken up. Last month, a plan to build a version of Instagram for kids was halted, after leaked internal research showed the company was aware of the app’s effect on teen girls’ mental health.

Meanwhile, rival platforms have profited, with Telegram saying it saw 70 million sign-ups on a day of Facebook’s outage, while Signal welcomed “millions” of new users.

We’d like to hear from people about how the developments have affected their use of Facebook and Instagram. Have you considered deactivating your accounts, or spending less time online? Are you thinking about moving to other platforms following the outage? Or are you happy to stay with Facebook?

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