Facebook and its apps, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Oculus, are experiencing a worldwide outage that has lasted more than five hours.
The outage began at around 2:30am AEDT, and according to Downdetector, the sites still remain inaccessible. Facebook’s internal system used by employees has also gone dark.
The company has not specified what caused the outage. On Twitter, Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said: “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 apologise for any inconvenience.”
Journalist Sheera Frenkel, wrote that the network outage was so profound that Facebook staff had been unable to enter their own company buildings because their passes were not working.
Was just on phone with someone who works for FB who described employees unable to enter buildings this morning to begin to evaluate extent of outage because their badges weren’t working to access doors.
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) October 4, 2021
The time is nigh for all those that have been praying for an internet apocalypse.
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Instagram and Facebook users checking out Twitter while they’re down pic.twitter.com/MGZoRYmRXl
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 4, 2021
hey guys. um so say i hypothetically worked at a big tech company and hypothetically spilled some diet ginger ale on the big um servers in the back room and now a lot of stuff is going wrong. what should i hypothetically do
— kristofer thomas (@kristoferthomas) October 4, 2021
Mark Zuckerberg has concluded his research into rating every woman on Earth and has now shut down Facebook. Thank you all for your cooperation.
— john carpenter’s ben schwartz (@benschwartz_) October 4, 2021
Goodbye to all the friends I have never bothered to get the phone number of because we communicate exclusively over insta and messenger
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) October 4, 2021
facebook and whatsapp down vaccination rates abt to go up
— giabuchi (incensed italixn) (@jaboukie) October 4, 2021
Facebook is down because of sin. I will not explain
— saying ‘yacht’ when it is CLEARLY a houseboat 😤 (@ChrisCaesar) October 4, 2021