UPDATED 6:00 PM 10/04/2021
Facebook was offline earlier today and many speculate if there was a connection between the 60-minutes episode and the D.N.S. fail the company experienced. It should be noted that there has not been any official notification showing a connection.
From several news sources, the company is working tirelessly to restore the platform to full function.
Here is what we know so far, comments, notifications, and business ads will take several hours to complete the update. There is no news on why this happened.
If you have been trying to access the popular social media network Facebook, and have been seeing error messages, it is not your device. Just like many, we thought it might have been our devices, but none would go to Facebook. We found a service that checks if a website is functioning or not, and as you can see, Facebook is temporary down.
We know the next question many will ask, when will it come back? What we know is Facebook has a massive team of I.T. developers and support staff, and we know that they would be diligently working on it.
The company is going through a major reputation crisis as the whistleblower who was the source of The Wall Street Journal’s series of stories exposing the company’s awareness of internal research into the negative effects of its products and decisions spoke candidly on the TV program 60 Minutes.
Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company over a whistleblower’s accusations and its handling of research data suggesting Instagram is harmful to teens, the company’s entire network of services suddenly went offline. On Twitter, Facebook communications exec Andy Stone says, “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.”
The company's stocks are down almost 20% as the whistleblower spoke of the business' conduct.
As news develops on this story, we will keep you posted.
UPDATE from our news partners at News Max
Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms were down across wide swathes of the world Monday. Facebook's internal systems used by employees also went down.
The company said it was aware that "some people are having trouble accessing (the) Facebook app” and it was working on restoring access. Regarding the internal failures, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, tweeted that it feels like a “snow day.”
The company did not say what might be causing the outage, which began around 11:45 ET. It is normal for websites and apps to suffer outages, though one on a global scale is rare. Users reported being unable to access Facebook in California, New York, and Europe.
Doug Madory, director of internet analysis for Kentik Inc., said it appears that the routes Facebook advertise online that tell the entire internet how to reach its properties are not available.
Madory said it looks like the DNS routes that Facebook makes available to the networking world have been withdrawn. The Domain Name System is an integral element of how traffic on the internet is routed. DNS translates an address like “facebook.com” to an IP address like 126.96.36.1990. If Facebook’s DNS records have disappeared, no one could find it.
Facebook is going through a separate major crisis after whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, provided The Wall Street Journal with internal documents that exposed the company's awareness of harms caused by its products and decisions. Haugen went public on “60 Minutes" on Sunday.Haugen also anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement alleging that Facebook's own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation, leads to increased polarization, and that Instagram, specifically, can harm teenage girls' mental health.
The Journal's stories, called “The Facebook Files,” painted a picture of a company focused on growth and its own interests over the public good. Facebook has tried to play down the research. Nick Clegg, the company’s vice president of policy and public affairs, wrote to Facebook employees in a memo Friday that “social media has had a big impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where much of this debate plays out.”
Twitter, meanwhile, chimed in from the company’s main Twitter account, posting “hello literally everyone” as jokes and memes about the Facebook outage flooded the platform.