The news you need to know today
Here's the news you need to start the day:
Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram begin to return after a major, worldwide outage
In case you happened to miss it, Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms suffered a worldwide outage Monday for about six hours. This followed a report from whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, who provided internal documents that exposed the company's awareness of harms caused by its products and decisions. Read more about the outage here.
Casey DeSantis diagnosed with breast cancer
Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the news Monday in a statement saying his wife is a "true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up.” Read more here.
Florida mask fight goes to the federal appeals court
Florida's mask fight continues as parents of children with disabilities went to a federal appeals court Monday after a judge sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis and rejected a challenge to an executive order aimed at preventing Florida school districts from requiring students to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
Mayor updates on Sally recovery
Since Hurricane Sally’s aftermath a year ago, the city of Pensacola has been at work repairing the massive damage. The city expects to bring out some other bids for projects, once FEMA signs off. Read more here.
Florida's social media law in limbo
Florida is waiting for a federal appeals court decision on whether it will be allowed to enforce a new law that prevents social media companies from shutting down accounts of political candidates. But some top legal experts predict the law is doomed over challenges that it is flatly unconstitutional.
And, yeah, it's going to keep raining this week