Well here’s one way to start a Monday off on the wrong foot: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram are all down. Yes, completely down. Heading over to Downdetector for an “is it just me?” check, reports of outages are off the charts; though the number unreturned messages from your friends were probably a good indicator.
The issue seems to be hitting the websites, apps, and related services of everything in the Facebook network. For some, apps and websites won’t load at all. Others still get an interface, but have messages fail to send and photos fail to load. Polling the We staff and looking at an aggregation of reports around the web, the outage is spanning across countries and global regions.
Just in case you were wondering how unexpected this outage is, a tweet sent out by the official WhatsApp Twitter account hits the “we were not prepared for this” vibe well.
We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience!
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) October 4, 2021
This is a developing story