Starting yesterday night, 3 social media platforms, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are
down. The unavailability is not uniform and is reported from pockets of Asia, US, Europe etc. This is Facebook’s worst outage in history.
The outage has progressed past 10+ hours. Users are complaining either total blackout or unavailability of certain features. Facebook and Instagram took to twitter to clarify that something was constraining its features from working profusely. Facebook owned Oculus VR is also facing similar issues.
Most users are facing error while logging in with their password and username in Facebook.
For some users, some critical functionality is missing and certain Instagram users are not able to upload the pics. Other users are facing errors while loading Instagram stories and their feed is unpopulated.
WhatsApp users from Paraguay, India, Bangladesh and Argentina claimed that they are encountering error while sending messages. WhatsApp outage is mainly for users of New England; Texas; Seattle, Washington; parts of Latin America, including Peru; the UK; India; and the Philippines.
Following the outage, #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown were trending on Twitter.
However, the following outage is not a DDoS attack. Alex Henthorn-Iwane, vice president at network security firm ThousandEyes said, “A Facebook, a Google—those kinds of companies—are so massive, and their bandwidth and interconnectivity is so huge, that they can effectively absorb large-scale attacks on their own. And they undoubtedly have
architected their internet connectivity to do just that.”