Facebook is down – so are Instagram and WhatsApp. Users across the globe are taking to microblogging website Twitter to report all sorts of issues with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. While Facebook and Instagram content feeds have been inaccessible (the Facebook.com domain has also been unavailable for some users), WhatsApp messages aren’t being sent or received since early this morning. The issue seems to be widespread – with users from the US, UK, Europe and parts of Asia all reporting issues with Facebook (and Messenger), Instagram and WhatsApp.
The fresh outage(s) comes just a month after Facebook experienced its worst outage ever in history – an outage that took Facebook nearly 24 hours to fix. That issue was caused by a server configuration change, according to Facebook, and was seemingly so lethal, it also affected gameplay for the owners of the company’s Oculus VR headsets. Moreover, Tinder and Spotify that use Facebook to login were also affected.
Facebook was similarly knocked down in 2008 by a bug that affected as many as 80 million users – Facebook now has over 2.3 billion monthly users. Not to mention, these are testing times for Facebook.
It’s too early to say what caused the fresh outage and whether it’s as bad as last month’s (or the one in 2008), but such issues (server related or otherwise) aren’t new for social media platforms – or for that matter, anything related to general tech. Things are slightly different when Facebook is at the center of it all though. Facebook is reeling under pressure over a string of privacy scandals and it is looking to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
Every time a Facebook entity goes down, it also becomes the cause of both worry and memes – across rival platforms like Twitter. We will update this piece as soon as we hear more from Facebook about the cause of the fresh trouble.