In news that will surely be greeted warmly at Twitter HQ, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger have all gone down in a huge global outage.
Tens of thousands of users have reported issues accessing the four Facebook-owned platforms, according to the DownDetector website.
Reports of problems began flooding in at around 17.30 CET. Since then, many users have been receiving error messages when they try to access the services. The issues appear to have been caused by a Domain Name Server (DNS) failure.
ThousandEyes tests can confirm that at 15:40 UTC on October 4, the Facebook application became unreachable due to DNS failure. Facebook’s authoritative DNS nameservers became unreachable at that time. The issue is still ongoing as of 17:02 UTC. pic.twitter.com/zNmZWTxEUo
— ThousandEyes (@thousandeyes) October 4, 2021
In a tweet, Facebook said that it was aware of the issues and was “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” Instagram and WhatsApp both made similar announcements on — you guessed it — Twitter.
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 outage caps a rough start to the week for Facebook, which was already reeling from a whistleblower’s accusations that the company consistently “chooses profits over safety.”
We’ll let you know when we have an update on the outage.