Twitter is sitting real pretty right now.

Happening in the World: Facebook and services owned by Facebook, like Instagram and WhatsApp, suffered through an outage lasting several hours yesterday. It is rare for a social media company like Facebook to experience an outage for this long and on such a global scale. However, in 2019, Disruption left Facebook and its associate services inaccessible for more than 14 hours. In a statement Tuesday morning, Facebook gave more insight into what caused the lengthy blackout, explaining “faulty configuration change affected the company’s internal tools and systems,” also making it difficult to resolve the issue (BBC). 

Happening in the US: Former presidential candidate and New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has announced he is “breaking up” with the Democratic Party, having registered as an independent. Despite being a Democrat his entire adult life, Yang has switched parties, realizing that as an independent he can be “even more honest about both the system and the people in it,” (CNN).   

Happening in NYC: In the past 10 days, over 18,000 New York City public school staff members got vaccinated, due to a mandate requiring all public school employees to be vaccinated. While many parents have applauded the vaccine mandate, feeling safer about sending children to school, others are concerned about staffing shortages. On Monday, thousands of substitutes and central office staff were sent to schools, and while there was little disruption in classrooms, it also led to teachers teaching certain subjects, grades, and groups, outside their licenses (Gothamist).

Happening in Our Community: Day two of the Flu Fair is today! Head over to Lerner anytime between 9 am to 5 pm and receive your flu vaccine—no appointment necessary! More information about the Flu Fair can be found here.

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