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Facebook Cause Outrage With Users After Social Networks Were Down For A Day And Actresses, CEOs And Wealthy Individuals Charged In College Admission Scam

Film actresses and wealthy parents were arrested and charged for fraud

March 14, 2019

Facebook Cause Outrage With Users After Social Networks Were Down For A Day

Social network giant Facebook caused outrage when the platform and it's flagship apps were down for 14 hours on Wednesday. This was believe to be the biggest interruption on the social network. Users shared their thoughts and feed backs on Facebook's rival Twitter, where the platform also update users about the technical difficulties. 

Users were having problems with accessing the social network and posting content. Instead of videos and images, users was sent with an error message that stated "Sorry, Something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as fast as we can." The disruption upset a lot of advertisers because of the amount of money they spent on advertising with the platform. 

People tweeted their thoughts about the outage with hashtag #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown, which were trending for a day.  The social network is now back up and running for use!

Actresses, CEOs And Wealthy Individuals Charged In College Admission Scam

A major college admission scandal brought shock to billions of people across the world and online. Hollywood actresses, business leaders and wealthy individuals were charged for paying bribes and committing fraud by letting Ivy League universities accept their children and poses as star-studded students.


Top athletic coaches were accused of accepting millions of dollars to help admit the students. Well-known stars and wealthy individuals such as TV star Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli; actress Felicity Huffman; and William E. McGlashan Jr., a partner at the private equity firm TPG. The scheme was exposed on Tuesday and labeled by the Justice Department as the largest college admission prosecution. 


The charges involved 200 agents and 50 people in six states. The head of the scheme William Singer, who is the founder of college preparatory business called Edge College & Career Network, for operating the scam by helping students cheat on standardized test and pay bribes to coaches who could get the students fake athletic credentials. Singer used his company as a front to allow parents to launder money into his account without paying federal taxes. The scheme was around $25 million and was going on since 2011. 


William Singer is facing charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice. 


{Source: NY Times}