Willie O’Reilly: Facebook must ditch Wild West approach to survive

Last week’s outage of the social media giant and its sister sites WhatsApp and Instagram, coupled with whistleblower Frances Hauger’s explosive testimony to the US Senate, capped a terrible week for Mark Zuckerberg. What happens next?

10th October, 2021
Willie O’Reilly: Facebook must ditch Wild West approach to survive
Frances Haugen, a former product manager with Facebook, gave testimony to the US Senate last week that reverberated across the world. Picture: Getty

It all seemed to unravel for Facebook last week. The social media giant appears to have flown too high and been singed by the vanity of its own self-belief.

And I say that as a fan and user. Facebook has offered billions across the globe an unfettered and free method in which to communicate, from Delhi to Drogheda to Dallas and everywhere in between.

This is in contrast to the Ireland portrayed in last week’s...

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