The empire of Mark Zuckerberg collapses once again after a few months: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went down, and the problems still seem to persist.
At the moment we still don’t know what the issue is but rest assured, it is not a problem with your smartphone if you can’t publish a post, you can’t publish a story, or use some of the features of the various social networks. Everything should come back within a few hours as Facebook is already aware of the issue and working to resolve it as quickly as possible.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook App (@facebookapp) October 4, 2021
A peek at Down Detector (or your Twitter feed) reveals the problems are widespread. While it’s unclear exactly why the platforms are unreachable for so many people, their DNS records show that, like last week’s Slack outage, the problem is apparently DNS (it’s always DNS). Cloudflare senior vice president Dane Knecht notes that Facebook’s border gateway protocol routes — BGP helps networks pick the best path to deliver internet traffic — have been “withdrawn from the internet.”
As always, users took to Twitter to complain as Twitter always manages to stay afloat when other platforms are drowning:
— Craige Middleburg (@OfficiallyMagic) October 4, 2021
— Andrew Kibe (@MrBlackOG) October 4, 2021
— Jhumpa Sarma (@JhumpaSarma1) October 4, 2021