Facebook, Instagram Experience Global Outage

Facebook, Instagram Experience Global Outage

Published: March 05, 2024

Several Meta-owned platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp, experienced a global outage for about two hours, causing confusion and concern for its billions of users.

Many of the social media platforms' users panicked and thought they were hacked (this author included) when they were suddenly logged out and could not log back in again.

According to Downdetector, a website that tracks online outages, users started reporting issues around 11 a.m. ET.

Thousands of users suddenly reported problems logging in, refreshing their feeds, and using other features of the platforms.

Users worldwide are flocking to rival platform X to confirm the outage and complain, as memes about the unprecedented and sudden outage have already started circulating.

Meanwhile, X owner Elon Musk didn't waste the opportunity to poke fun at his major rival, writing, "If you’re reading this post, it’s because our servers are working."

And of course, he didn't forget to post a meme of his own.

Meta Just Released Instagram DM Updates 

The downtime came just a day after Meta announced updates on Instagram’s direct messaging (DM) features, allowing up to 15 minutes for users to edit messages after being sent.

Other updated features include enabling the pinning of selected chats, turning read receipts on and off, saving stickers for easy access, allowing stickers, GIFs, videos, photos, and voice messages when replying to a message, and more personalized themes.

While the exact cause of the outage remains unknown, some reports suggest it might be related to a problem with Facebook's login system, rather than a cyberattack or Instagram’s latest updates.

Meta spokesperson Andy Stone also went to X to apologize to inconvenienced users and announce that the "technical issue" has been resolved.

In October 2021, these platforms experienced a similar global outage, but it lasted for about six hours. It was attributed to “a faulty configuration change.”

There is no official word yet from Meta on the exact nature of the "technical issue" that caused this latest downtime.

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