Facebook and its family of apps were again inaccessible on Friday afternoon, the apps have suffered another global outage second time in a week. The social media giant acknowledged the global outage and apologized to people encountering issues after users reported being unable to access its apps, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” the company said in a post on Twitter. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
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.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 8, 2021
Moreover, the site DownDetector.com, a platform that depends on reports from users to decide whether websites are having problems, revealed that all of Facebook’s main products — Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and the “big blue app” of Facebook — underwent downtime at around 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Global Outage of Facebook Apps Hindered People’s Communications and Businesses
Furthermore, the company has stated that Friday’s global outage of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp was not related to problems the firm had on Monday when the apps were down worldwide for more than five hours. That prompted fallout among people who use the apps to communicate and manage their businesses.
Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Instagram also confirmed around 1 AM that some of the users were having problems using their photo and video sharing social networking service and notified around 2:30 AM that the things have been fixed. “Everything should be back to normal now. Thank you for bearing with us,” Instagram tweeted.
We know some of you may be having some issues using Instagram right now (🥲). We’re so sorry and are working as quickly as possible to fix.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) October 8, 2021
Furthermore, during the second global outage of the apps, some users were unable to load their Instagram feeds, while others were not able to send messages on Facebook Messenger. Earlier on Monday, the social media giant blamed a “faulty configuration change” for an almost six-hour blackout that hindered the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
Facebook Apps’ Downtime is Helping Rival Social Media Apps
The worldwide outage on Monday was the biggest that web monitoring group Downdetector had ever witnessed and blocked access to the apps for billions of users, leading to a surge in usage of rival social media and messaging apps. Meantime, people again took to Twitter to share memes and jokes about the second service disruption this week.
— Khizer (@khiz_7) October 8, 2021
Looks like Facebook went to a 3-day work week. Monday and Friday shutdowns? https://t.co/7Ju61jmcHH
— RAPH ⁷ (@MyNameIsRaph) October 8, 2021