Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Go Down in Major Outage

From The Wall Street Journal:

Facebook Inc.’s platforms including WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were down Monday, with users receiving error messages when trying to access the sites.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook wrote in a message posted on rival Twitter. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

The outage comes a day after the whistleblower who provided documents that formed the foundation of The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files series went public. Frances Haugen, a former product manager at Facebook, said she acted to help prompt change at the social-media giant.

Facebook shares dropped more than 5% on Monday amid a broad-market selloff.

Users began reporting problems late Monday morning, according to Downdetector, a site that monitors website outages. A spokesperson at Downdetector’s parent company, Ookla, said the outage to Facebook and its other companies was “widespread and global in scale.”

Facebook appeared to have made a change Monday morning to its network routing information, said Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at the network monitoring firm Kentik.

Link to the rest at The Wall Street Journal

The sites appeared to still be down at about Noon US Pacific time when PG posted this item.

5 thoughts on “Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Go Down in Major Outage”

  1. I just commented elsewhere that the responsible people should be taking a good hard look at recent shorts on FB stock. Or all tech stocks – all of the “tech giants” tumbled badly today.

    Interestingly, it was Twitter (not a FaceBook property) that declined the most.

  2. <sarcasm> I guess I’ll have to go to a real middle-school lunchroom for my daily — indeed, constant — dose of cliquishness and regrettable soundbites for a while. </sarcasm>

    Would that someone had done this to tobacco companies in the 1970s and 1980s when they shifted their ads and marketing to attracting the next generation of addicts… even for a few weeks (the 1970s equivalent of “an hour” in Internet time).

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