Facebook, Instagram, and other Meta services experience a catastrophic global outage, with services gradually being restored.
Several of Meta’s platforms and services experienced widespread global outages.
Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp were unavailable. According to outage tracking website Downdetector.com, apps such as Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp had a large outage during which the platform’s services were disrupted. Primarily the people of North America, certain parts of South America, and some areas of Europe faced this outage.
Meta platforms users reported 45,000 problems while accessing the apps
According to Downdetector.com, over 18,000 Instagram users reported problems accessing the app. With over 13,000 occurrences reported for the Facebook app. Data showed that outage reports for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger also increased.
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Downdetector monitors outages by aggregating status updates from many sources, including user-submitted faults on its site. Outages of Big Tech platforms are not unusual, as Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft have also experienced service outages.
Earlier on Wednesday, Microsoft experienced a networking outage that brought down its cloud platform Azure. As well as applications such as Teams and Outlook, affecting millions of customers worldwide.
By late Monday, the services were gradually resuming, with the firm apologizing for the lengthy outage. “We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are pleased to report that they are now available,” Facebook said.
In a later blog post, it stated that the nearly six-hour outage was caused by erroneous configuration updates on its routers. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration modifications on the backbone routers that synchronize network traffic across our data canters caused issues that interrupted this communication,” the company said in a statement.
Downdetector stated in a blog post that the outage was global and the largest it had ever seen. “Facebook is currently experiencing a rarely seen global outage that is taking out Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.” “We are also seeing an increase in reports across many other internet sites and services as the Facebook outage causes cascading impacts,” according to the blog post.