After a six-hour outage caused by DNS routing issues, Facebook is now operational. Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR affected by the outage. Those services are currently operational for some; however, after a DNS issue like this, it could take hours for everything to return to normal on all networks.
After being down for up to six hours on Monday, Facebook and its communication network WhatsApp, as well as its photo and video sharing app Instagram, were back up early Tuesday (October 5). The social media services, which are owned by Facebook, went down at 9 p.m. (local time), with various reports of users being unable to post on the main Facebook and Instagram apps.
The social media behemoth apologized for the global outage that afflicted its key platforms, stating that the situation was caused by networking issues but not specifying what those issues were. “To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”
Workplace, Facebook’s internal communication platform, was also down, preventing many employees from working. In addition, Oculus, the company’s virtual reality platform, has ceased to function. Earlier this week, numerous news outlets reported that Downdetector, a website that allows users to report website outages, had received 5.6 million complaints about Facebook’s services.
After a whistleblower came forward and Facebook’s main products failed for billions of users in a global outage, according to a Bloomberg report, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal wealth dropped by over $6 billion in a few hours after the disruptions, knocking him down a notch on the list of the world’s richest people. Facebook shares finished 4.89 percent lower on Monday, after yesterday’s sell-off. Facebook shares have dropped about 15 percent in the previous month.
In a social media statement, Zuckerberg apologized for the broad communication outage, stating, “Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger are now operational again. I apologize for the inconvenience today; I understand how much you rely on our services to stay in touch with the people you care about.”
Based on the amount of users affected, the outage appeared to be the largest in the social media giant’s history. The problem was cause by “networking difficulties,” according to Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer. He didn’t provide any other information.
Facebook services coming back online now – may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I’m sorry.
— Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) October 4, 2021
It is worth focusing on here that the outage was a gigantic hit to Facebook over the most recent two days after an informant claimed that the web-based media organization focuses on “benefit over security”, asking the administrators to direct the organization all the more firmly.
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