On October 4, apps and websites for Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp were all down and unavailable during an apparent outage. It appears to have occurred around 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time.
On Facebook, an error page read: “Sorry, something went wrong. We are working on it and will fix it ASAP. Instagram and WhatsApp posted a “Server Error 5xx”. Facebook Messenger didn’t load a page at all.
Andy Stone, spokesperson for the Facebook company addressed the issue on Twitter.
We are aware that some people have difficulty accessing our applications and products. We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
– Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 4, 2021
A considerable amount of talk about the outage was also found on Twitter. Twitter has become a gathering place when various social media platforms go down. For example, there was the moment when TikTok went down in July 2021.
I wonder how much Twitter usage increases when Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all crash at the same time
– Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) October 4, 2021
The case also sparked a number of humorous tweets.
– musical inspiration (@musicalinspira) October 4, 2021
Some Twitter users mentioned that Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp all crashed the day after a “60 minutes” report on Facebook and Instagram. However, there is no data yet to show that the outage is linked to recent news.
24 hours of media conversation on the addictive aspects of Facebook, Instagram, social platforms …
Now: Instagram is down
– Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 4, 2021
This story will be updated.