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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Facebook outage dominates talk shows

Facebook was the talk of the town on the airwaves. The outage of apps and products owned by the social media giant, including WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, was by far the dominant topic, with every single talking head devoting large segments to the blackout.

El Hekaya’s Amr Adib delved deep into the technical side of the outage during an interview with Dubai-based ICT professor Anas Al Nagdawy, who said Facebook’s internal servers were completely unreachable (watch, runtime: 5:01). Adib’s better half, Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi, was meanwhile wondering whether we could live without social media (watch, runtime: 1:17) — and discussed the economic impact of the outage on Facebook Inc, whose shares lost nearly 5% by the end of the trading day. El Hadidi also drew attention to Frances Haugen — the former Facebook employee and data scientist who exposed the shady inner workings of Zuckerberg’s empire on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, as well as to the Federal Trade Commission antitrust case against the company. Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa also got on the bandwagon, discussing how mns took to Twitter as a substitute for Facebook’s apps (watch, runtime: 7:23).

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meetings with officials to review national projects also got some airtime. El Sisi recapped work on desalination projects taking place across the country in one of the meetings and separately followed up on infrastructure and road works taking place in upper Egypt. You can tune in to Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 4:20) or Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 1:52 and runtime: 4:18) for more details.

Also on the airwaves last night: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s presser after a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow (watch, runtime: 3:10). Libya seemed to be the number one topic of discussion during the meeting, with the two ministers discussing the country’s upcoming general election and upholding the ceasefire between warring Libyan rivals, Shoukry said. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia also came up.

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