Social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger slowly seem to be coming back online after an hours-long outage they faced on Monday evening.
The issue seemed to be worldwide, although not all users were affected to the same extent. According to Downdetector, the outage started between 5:30 PM and 5:45 PM Belgian time.
Just before midnight, the first signs of recovery started appearing, as the platforms seemed to be coming online again. However, everything is still loading very slowly and the situation does not yet seem entirely back to normal yet.
On Twitter, the hashtags #facebookdown, #instagramdown and #whatsappdown have been trending in Belgium since the outage started.
The company earlier announced via Twitter that it was “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.”
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.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
However, many Twitter users replied to the tweet that not just some, but all people were experiencing issues with Facebook’s products.
As of midnight, it is still unclear what exactly the problem is, or when the issues will be fixed completely
In the meantime, Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer also took to Twitter to apologise for the issues.
“Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now,” he said. “We are experiencing networking issues, and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.”
*Sincere* apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible
— Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) October 4, 2021
As of Tuesday morning, all Facebook’s products are working as normal again, the company announced. More info and a full explanation of what happened can be found here.
Update: This article was updated following Schroepfer’s tweet.
Update: This article was updated after the platforms started coming back online around midnight.