Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger Hit by Global Blackout for Hours

Since 5 p.m., Monday, October 4, the applications that all belong to the Facebook group have stopped working. The origins of the failure are currently unknown.

Thousands of users of Facebook, Instagram, its photo-sharing app, and WhatsApp and Messenger, its messaging apps, no longer have access to their services, Downdetector.com reported on Monday (October 4).

Thousands of users of Facebook, Instagram, its photo-sharing app, and WhatsApp and Messenger, its messaging apps, no longer have access to their services, Downdetector.com reported on Monday (October 4).

This specialized site says it has received more than 20,000 incident reports from users unable to connect to the various applications.

Instagram suffered a similar outage a few weeks ago, which was resolved within hours. At the moment, all the networks belonging to the Facebook group are in difficulty. At this time, the nature of the failure has not yet been identified.

Visitors to the Facebook site saw an error page or a message indicating that their browser could not connect. The WhatsApp and Instagram apps continued to function, but did not display any new content.

Outages with considerable impact
“We are informed that several people are having difficulty accessing our applications and products. We are working on a return to normal as soon as possible and we apologize for the inconvenience, ”Facebook posted in a message posted in English… on its main competitor Twitter.

On Wall Street, the price of Facebook, already down at the start of the session, accelerated its losses and fell by nearly 6%.

Facebook outages occur relatively rarely, but tend to have a huge impact, not least because they affect three of the largest applications in the world, notes The Independent.

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The company often remains enigmatic about the causes of the problems. In 2019, for example, Facebook suffered its biggest outage in years – and only said it “triggered a problem” during “routine maintenance.”

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Since 5 p.m., Monday, October 4, the applications that all belong to the Facebook group have stopped working. The origins of the failure are currently unknown.

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