All of Facebook’s services, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, are currently unavailable. The company confirmed this with tweets across its various corporate handles, including the Facebook app, Instagram, and WhatsApp (since Twitter is the only major social platform that is currently operational). It promised that the app would be back online soon, though the company has yet to explain why this happened.
According to reports on outage tracker Down Detector, Facebook services have been down since 9 p.m. on Monday. When Gadgets 360 tried to use Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, they were all consistently unavailable. It’s unclear what’s causing the problems right now, but it appears to be a global outage based on reports on Down Detector’s US website. Facebook’s stock was also down 5% at the time of writing.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.— Facebook App (@facebookapp) October 4, 2021
The Facebook outage has also provided an opportunity for competitors, with Signal tweeting that it has seen a large influx of users who are currently unable to send messages using WhatsApp. The problem is thought to have been caused by a DNS issue. Facebook DNS and other services are down, according to Dane Knecht, an SVP at Cloudflare, as reported by The Verge.
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At this time, Facebook has not provided any details about the outage, but a Facebook executive did acknowledge the problem and say that the company is looking into it. Meanwhile, users all over the world are using Twitter to make jokes, and even Google appears to be joining in the fun.
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As previously stated, this is the latest in a long line of Internet outages. On June 8, a large portion of the Internet was down, including popular sites like Reddit, Twitch, and Amazon. A major outage at Amazon impacted users all over the world, affecting not only the Amazon e-commerce platform but also a large number of sites and applications that rely on Amazon’s AWS platform. In August 2020, there was a major outage involving Google, which had a significant impact.
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