Yup, It's Not Just You. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp Are Down

 digitaltrends.com  03/14/2019 01:11:08   Trevor Mogg

You are not the only one. Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger have been out of action for many users around the world for much of Wednesday in what appears to be the most serious outage in the company’s history.

The first signs of a problem appeared at around 12 p.m. E.T. when users started reporting they were unable to login to Facebook or see the newsfeed or timeline. Others reported that they could enter the site but not post anything.

At around the same time, Instagram users also started to report the same behavior, as did users in WhatsApp, who were unable to send and receive messages.

With no way to communicate with its community via its own online services, Facebook, which has 2.3 billion monthly users, took to Twitter to let everyone know that it was aware of the situation affecting its family of apps, and promised it was working to sort it out “as soon as possible.”

We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019

According to Down Detector, a website that tracks accessibility issues for sites across the web, the majority of Facebook and Instagram issues appear to be in the Northeast, Southern California, Seattle, and Chicago. Problems have also been identified in parts of Europe, Japan, and Australia, as well as in Central and South America.

WhatsApp, meanwhile, is seeing significant downtime in Latin America, with a majority of the issues focused around major cities in Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

Shortly after its initial announcement on Twitter, Facebook clarified that the problem had not been caused by any type of cyber attack, which helped reduce some concerns about the security of the platforms. But it declined to offer any further details about the cause of the issue, and how long it might take to fix.

We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.

— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019

Outages for social media platforms aren’t so unusual, but the length of time that this one is taking to sort out sets it apart from many others that have gone before. As always happens in such situations, users of Facebook’s various services have hit Twitter to vent their frustrations, or simply make light of the situation. Here are a few humorous efforts from celebrities:

Facebook is down !Instagram is down !

Welcome to my twitter ! pic.twitter.com/Yjk4o9BVOH

— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) March 13, 2019

Instagram and Facebook are down so here we are. Crossing my fingers this is my best performing tweet yet ????????#instagramdown

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 13, 2019

Hi ???? to everyone who had abandoned Twitter for Instagram but is now back because Instagram and Facebook are down.

Get your antidepressants ready. It’s much worse here.

— Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) March 14, 2019

Time to fire this back up. #FacebookDown pic.twitter.com/Q3x9BQEin8

— Lawrence Champness (@champy) March 13, 2019

Facebook AND Instagram are down…

MySpace, it's your chance to make a comeback!#FacebookDown pic.twitter.com/ILccg1PtC8

— Troy Osinoff (@yo) March 13, 2019

Tom from MySpace would never do this to us. #FacebookDown pic.twitter.com/vJEYPGDaKj

— mandi hinrichs (@mandi_hinrichs) March 13, 2019

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