Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram Suffer Global Outage

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all suffered global outages midday Monday, this was confirmed in public statements from the three Facebook services and by users of the platform through their Twitter handles.

Facebook tweeted on Twitter saying “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.”

Although an official statement concerning the reason for the outage is yet to be given, online network experts speculated it might involve an error with the domain name system, for Facebook sites. DNS is often compared to an address book or phone book for the internet, pointing web browsers to the computer system which serves the website they are looking for.

With the silence from Facebook as to the cause of the outage, the only source of hope is the tweet by Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer, Mike Schroepfer, who tweeted hours after the outage saying “Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages on 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”

The outage came as a rude shock to users of all three platforms as they got error messages or could not refresh feeds. At the time of this report, WhatsApp web users have reported signals from the platform. 

More updates to come…

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