Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Outage | Wikipedia Shuts Down Accounts

Facebook got off to a bumpy start Monday morning as the social network was facing an outage. Wikipedia shut down 250 accounts after allegations surface that people have been writing articles to promote organizations or products. These stories and more in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Facebook Partial Outage Caused By Network Maintenance (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s work week got off to a rousing start, as many users, including this writer, experienced issues that ranged from being unable to access their accounts to receiving error messages when attempting to update their statuses, like, comment or post on other users’ Timelines. A Facebook spokesperson provided the following statement: “Earlier this morning [Monday], while performing some network maintenance, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused.” Computerworld As usual, when trouble hits one social media site, in this case Facebook, users turn to others, such as Twitter to vent and joke about the misfortune. Both the hashtags #facebookdown and #FacebookCurrentlyDoesn’tAllowStatusUpdates were trending on Twitter Monday morning. The Wall Street Journal/Digits System outages aren’t common, but they aren’t unheard of either. Companies like Facebook and Twitter experience disruptions from time to time, often because some service or servers are knocked offline, or an upgrade has gone awry. USA Today In related news, reversing a ban on graphic content, Facebook is again allowing users to post violent images or videos if the intent is to condemn, not glorify, the acts depicted, the BBC reported Monday. The BBC was tipped off by a user who said that despite complaints from other members, Facebook had refused to delete a page showing a gruesome video clip — reportedly recorded in Mexico — of a masked man beheading a woman. BBC News It was posted last week under the title, “Challenge: Anybody can watch this video?” “Remove this video too many young innocent minds out there shouldn’t see this!!!” wrote one user in the comments section below. “This is absolutely horrible, distasteful and needs to be removed … there are too many young minds that can see this. I’m 23 and I’m very disturbed after seeing a couple of seconds of it,” wrote another.

Wikipedia Shuts Down 250 Accounts as Part of Investigation Against Paid ‘Sockpuppets’ (VentureBeat)
Wikipedia is currently investigating allegations of “suspicious edits” and “sockpuppetry” and has blocked or banned more than 250 user accounts. The Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement Monday which said that it looks like as many as several hundred accounts have been paid to write articles on Wikipedia that promote organizations or products.

5 Tips to Promote Online Events Using Social Media (SocialTimes)
Hosting an online event is an excellent way to call attention to your brand or company. But how do you fight through the noise, so your event gets the attention and attendance it deserves?

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Social Collaboration Service Solaborate Launches a Public Beta and an Android App (The Next Web)
Solaborate is publicly launching the beta version of its hybrid social networking and collaboration service for tech professionals. The company has also released an Android app. The startup bills its service as a combination of LinkedIn and Facebook dedicated for the technology sector.

Teaching Your Kids to Avoid Social Media Nightmares (AllTwitter)
Being able to monitor children’s activity on social media and educate them on best practices and safety measures is crucial for protecting them from the potential dangers of social media. One of the most serious dangers to be aware of is cyberbullying.

Facebook Wants to Tell Publishers Which Stories to Publish … on Facebook (ReadWrite)
Facebook is rolling out a new tool intended to prompt publishers to post their stories on Facebook more frequently. Called Stories to Share, the feature essentially lists articles that media outfits have posted on their sites but not yet shared on Facebook, along with a handy button for, well, sharing them.