Facebook Experiencing Worst Outage Since 2008, Instagram and WhatsApp Also Down Worldwide
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The worldwide crashing of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has caused pandemonium among social media users.
The three Facebook-owned apps appeared to go offline Monday morning, with error messages popping up for consumers.
"We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience," Facebook said in a statement on Twitter, which was not affected by any outage.
DownDetector, a website that tracks real-time outage information, reported Facebook had thousands of reported outages from users since before noon ET.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
"*Sincere* apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible," Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer tweeted after the outage was nearing its fourth hour.
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*Sincere* apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible
— Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) October 4, 2021
Monday's crash marks the worst outage for Facebook since 2008 when a bug caused Facebook to be offline for nearly a day, according to CNBC, which also reported that there was an hour-long outage back in 2019 when Facebook blamed the issue on a server configuration change.
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In June, a major internet outage knocked many of the world's top websites offline for less than an hour, the Associated Press reported.
hello literally everyone
— Twitter (@Twitter) October 4, 2021
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Everyone showing up to @Twitter today while @Facebook @instagram @WhatsApp are down like... pic.twitter.com/SGtr722FAo
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 4, 2021
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, two Facebook employees told The New York Times on Monday that "it was unlikely that a cyberattack caused the issues."
Experts at ThousandEyes, a company that monitors network infrastructure and troubleshoots app delivery, said on Twitter that it believes, "the Facebook application became unreachable due to DNS [Domain Name System] failure."
Facebook and Instagram quickly became trending topics with Twitter even trolling the tech giant, tweeting, "hello, literally everyone."
The cause of Monday's outage remains unclear.