Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger comes back after one of the worst Facebook outages.
Monday’s blackout of Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, was one of the longest in the company’s history. The six-hour outage affected billions of users from accessing the platforms.
The websites stopped working around 11:30 AM EDT Monday. At around 5:40 PM, some users could access the platforms, but not all features were back.
Facebook’s share price was trading at $326 Monday, down 4.9%.
Verge reported that Facebook scrambled to fix the massive blackout and their engineers had to visit a California data center in person.
After the site was up and running, Facebook made a post apologizing about the outage.
The company wrote, “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 added no user data was compromised on its platforms.
Twitter erupts with funny memes
Twitter was the only giant social media platform that was available as an alternative to users. Users posted tweets ridiculing the company for the blackout.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 5, 2021
The company did not give any details of the outage, though outside experts say it was due to an issue with the networking technology BGP or Border Gateway Protocol.
Due to our friends at Facebook, Real Racquetball will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) evening instead of tonight. 😎
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— USARacquetball (@usaracquetball) October 5, 2021