Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp remain down in major outage2021-10-04 17:50 by Daniela
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all suffered outages midday Monday, according to public statements from the three Facebook services. Starting at approximately 11:38AM ET, Downdetector began logging a spike in outage reports across all four Facebook-owned services.
On Twitter, Facebook communications exec Andy Stone says, "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." Mike Schroepfer, who will step down from his post as CTO next year, tweeted, "We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible."
Inside Facebook, the outage has broken nearly all of the internal systems employees use to communicate and work. Several employees told The Verge they've resorted to talking through their work-provided Outlook email accounts, though employees can't receive emails from external addresses. Employees who were logged into work tools such as Google Docs and Zoom before the outage can still use those, but any employee who needs to login with their work email is blocked.
Facebook engineers have been sent to the company's U.S. data centers to try and fix the problem, according to two people familiar with the situation. That means the outage, already Facebook's most severe in years, could be further prolonged.
The outage came the morning after "60 Minutes" aired a segment in which Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen claimed the company is aware of how its platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation, and that Facebook has tried to hide that evidence. Facebook has pushed back on those claims.
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