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Vergecast: Facebook’s week of outages and whistleblowing

Vergecast: Facebook’s week of outages and whistleblowing


This week in wreck news

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Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories.

This week, Nilay and Dieter bring in Verge policy editor Russell Brandom and managing editor Alex Cranz to cover the series of unfortunate events for Facebook: the 60 Minutes whistleblower interview on Sunday, the massive Facebook outage on Monday, the whistleblower Senate hearing on Tuesday, and the fallout and response the following days.

The Vergecast crew discusses whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony, how these events stood out amongst the various Facebook scandals of the past, and what could happen next with tech regulation.

Later in the show, the team shift gears into the lighter tech news from this week: Google announcing its Pixel 6 event for this month, a review of Android 12, some updates on battery tests for the latest iPhones, and more.

Listen to the full discussion here or in your preferred podcast player.

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