Facebook

Facebook's system outages that started at about noon Wednesday and continued into Thursday may lead to refunds to advertisers on the company’s various platforms, according to a Bloomberg report. In addition to causing user problems, the outage also affected the company’s ad buying system. The outage is thought to be the largest that the social network has ever suffered. While rumors circulated online that the problems were the result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack, in which attackers flood a company's network, Facebook said—via Twitter—that "the issue is not related to a DDoS attack." Facebook’s shares slid 2.3 percent in pre-market trading on Thursday morning.

Jeanine Pirro
Jeanine Pirro

Advertisers are pulling their spots from both Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson’s programs on Fox News. “Justice with Judge Jeanine” has lost at least three corporate advertisers after Pirro’s March 9 on-air comment that Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar is “Sharia-compliant” because she wears a traditional hijab head covering. Fox News condemned the comments in a statement, saying the network has “addressed the matter with her directly.” Carlson's show lost advertising from bedding and sleepwear company SHEEX after audio released by Media Matters revealed Carlson making comments that derided women, minorities and LGBTQ people. In December, Carlson faced an advertiser boycott after he said on his Fox show that immigrants make the country “poorer and dirtier.” In response, at least 30 advertisers ended their relationship with his show, including Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, CareerBuilder, TD Ameritrade and Just For Men.

Jess Cagle
Jess Cagle

People magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle is stepping down. Cagle, who is also editorial director of Meredith’s entertainment group, which in addition to People includes such titles as Entertainment Weekly, will officially exit March 31. From 2009 to 2014, Cagle was editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly. His 32 years at Time Inc. (which was acquired by Meredith in 2017) also included a stint as a senior editor at Time. "I’ve decided it’s time to do some other things while I’m still young — or at least alive," Cagle said in a note to staffers. While sources told the New York Post that Cagle’s contract expired and Meredith did not renew it, a Meredith representative told the paper that it was Cagle’s decision not to renew his contract.