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Facebook Outage Prompts South Africa to Promote Local Developers

Server errors for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Oct. 4.

Server errors for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Oct. 4.

Photographer: Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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South Africa’s new communications minister said this week’s outage of Facebook Inc. apps and services is a reminder the government can do more to support the development of local social-media platforms.