Facebook is currently struggling with technical problems. Whatsapp and Instagram are also no longer available.
Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram are currently unavailable. It is a worldwide disturbance. The website or the timeline cannot be loaded on Instagram and Facebook. Messages cannot be sent on Whatsapp at the moment. Whatsapp and Instagram belong to Facebook.
Facebook is trying to fix this issue, as they said in this Tweet:
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
Instagram is showing currently a 5xx Error:
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.— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 4, 2021
The reason for the disruptions is not yet known. Whatsapp and Instagram belong to Facebook. In the meantime, Andy Stone from the Group’s communications team has commented on the failure. The company spokesman said that they were working on solving the problem as soon as possible.
The virtual reality applications “Oculus VR” are also affected. The company confirms this on Twitter. Facebook acquired the company in 2014 for $2 billion.
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.— Oculus (@oculus) October 4, 2021
Dane Knecht from the US IT security company Cloudflare assumes that the error can be found in the “Domain Name System” (DNS).
John Graham-Cumming, Cloudflare’s chief technology officer, also spoke. According to him, there were irregularities in the “Border Gateway Protocol” (BGP). BGP is one of the routing protocols that enables data to be exchanged between individual routers. It is essential for the internet.
About five minutes before Facebook’s DNS stopped working we saw a large number of BGP changes (mostly route withdrawals) for Facebook’s ASN. pic.twitter.com/dMTevg6hqj— John Graham-Cumming (@jgrahamc) October 4, 2021
According to privacyaffairs.com At the end of September, strangers sold private Facebook user data (name, e-mail, location, gender, telephone numbers, user ID) on a hacker forum. Over 1.5 billion users are affected. It is the biggest hack in Facebook history to date.
It is still unclear whether this message has something to do with the failure of the Facebook services or not.
There are always DNS problems
Malfunction reports on websites such as Downdetector confirm the failure. On the malfunction platforms, users sometimes reported problems with other online services, which, however, were not widely confirmed. For example, at the large web service provider AWS from Amazon, which many start-ups and large companies rely on, all offers ran normally, according to the status page.
DNS malfunctions happen again and again. In July, for example, one of them ensured that numerous websites were temporarily inaccessible. The trigger at the time were problems with the web service provider Akamai. The centralization of the network infrastructure at large providers ensures that the failure of a company can tear down as many services and websites from the network.
Also in early June had not been reached already numerous sites worldwide after a disturbance in the cloud service Fastly about an hour. At that time, the British government, the Reddit platform and the news portals of the Guardian, the New York Times, the Financial Times and the French newspaper Le Monde were affected.
Why was Facebook down?
Facebook blamed an incorrect configuration change for an almost six-hour downtime on Monday. The company’s 3.5 million users were unable to access Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger during this time.
Facebook reported in the evening “We have network problems” and the teams worked as quickly as possible to fix them, wrote technology boss Mike Schroepfer on Monday on Twitter.
Internet experts suspected an error in the settings for the infrastructure through which users can access Facebook’s resources.
As a result, the services could no longer be reached.
To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
At Facebook itself, in addition to the internal communication platform, digital door locks and other networked technology had also failed, it said. Apparently, employees stopped coming into their offices, tweeted NBC News journalist Kevin Collier.