Poll finds 82% of Americans think social media is a waste of time

Americans might be getting sick of social media.Image: Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images A whopping 60 percent of people in a new poll say they don’t trust Facebook to protect their data. The poll comes courtesy of NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, which also found that more than half of Americans view aspects of Facebook and social media in general in a negative light.  SEE ALSO: Facebook’s plans for a ‘high quality news tab’ sure sound like a swipe at Apple News+ That’s perfectly understandable, given Facebook’s reputation over the past couple of years. Privacy scandals have rocked Facebook on a regular basis, including the revelation that user passwords were stored in plain text …

Why the hell is this Facebook outage taking so long?

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for hours and we don't know why.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook is in the midst of its biggest outage in recent memory. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for users around the world for at least five hours.  The company hasn’t commented on exactly how many of its users are affected, but reports from downdetector.com, a website that tracks online service disruptions, indicates the issue is widespread, affecting users in North America, South America, and Europe. (Downdetector.com shares a parent company with Mashable.)  Besides Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, the company’s advertising tools have also been impacted, according to its director of product, Rob Leathern. Users are also reporting issues with their …