Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp go down; Facebook says it is aware of outage

Facebook’s Arbor Blocks office in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)

It’s not just you: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went offline Monday morning. Facebook said it is aware of the outage, which is also affecting Facebook’s internal tools, according to security journalist Brian Krebs.

Cloudflare CTO John Graham-Cumming said Facebook’s DNS stopped working and noted changes to the company’s BGP, or Border Gateway Protocol, described as the “postal service for the internet,” or also “the dark magic of the internet,” as noted by Stripe CEO Patrick Collison.

The outage comes just a day after a 60 Minutes episode revealed the former Facebook product manager who shared internal documents used by The Wall Street Journal in its recent “The Facebook Files” reports. The stories uncovered how Facebook knows “that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands.”

“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” said the whistleblower, Frances Haugen, on the 60 Minutes episode. “And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.”

Downdetector shows outages for other non-Facebook platforms including T-Mobile and Amazon. But Twitter seems to be working just fine.

hello literally everyone

— Twitter (@Twitter) October 4, 2021

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