Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger are still closed after 1 hour. Facebook’s internal tools for employees are also affected by the problem, and employees are referring to today as “Snow Day.” Facebook stock is down 6% in light of the outage. s
It’s not just you: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all currently closed to users worldwide. We see error messages on all three services in the iOS application as well as on the web. Users are greeted with error messages such as: “Sorry, something went wrong,” “5xx server error,” and more.
Yes, Facebook and Instagram are down…
According to data from DownDetector and Twitter, the outage is affecting every platform owned by Facebook. This includes Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. The outages appear to have started around 11:40 AM ET/8:40 AM PT, and all those services are inaccessible.
Outages began to trend rapidly on Twitter as users flocked to the competing social network to see if the downtime affected other users. Humorously, the hashtag “#DeleteFacebook” is also trending on Twitter as the company continues to battle its platform’s effects on its younger users.
As the New York Times reports:
Facebook has already been dealing with plenty of scrutiny. The company has been under fire from a whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager who amassed thousands of pages of internal research and has since distributed them to the news media, lawmakers and regulators. The documents revealed that Facebook knew of many harms that its services were causing.
While some Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp outages only affect certain geographic areas, services are shut down around the world today. This includes the USA, UK, Brazil, Kuwait, and more.
The outage is also affecting platforms and services that use Facebook logins. Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, says it is “looking into reports of Facebook login-related errors, and will update here as we have more information.” Other services that use Facebook logins are believed to be affected, as well as Oculus.
Facebook has yet to publicly comment on the ongoing outage affecting all of its services. We’ll be sure to update this story as we learn more. The problem appears to be related to some DNS issues affecting the Facebook servers.
Are Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp currently down for you? Let us know in the comments below.
In a statement, WhatsApp acknowledges that its service is down:
We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.
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.
Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it! #instagramdown