Facebook experienced technical issues on Wednesday across its suite of popular social-networking apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. But they’re back again
The outages began on Wednesday morning, according to Downdetector, a website that measures the status of popular websites. As of about 11 a.m. Eastern Time, more than 7,000 users had submitted issue reports to Downdetector. At 7 p.m. EDT, some users reported that it had started to work again.
At around 8:07 p.m EDT, Facebook posted to Twitter saying that it had fixed the issues, “and we should be back at 100% for everyone” — capping off an outage that lasted about9 hours.
A map on Downdetector showing the concentration of Facebook outage reports
An outage map on Downdetector appeared to show that the issues primarily affected Facebook users in the northeastern United States, with some outages in the South near Texas and Atlanta, as well as in London, Paris, Mexico, and other areas.
For WhatsApp, the majority of affected users appeared to be in South America and Europe, particularly in Germany.
Facebook’s apps were down for more than eight hours on March 13, which the company said was the result of a “server configuration change.”
Twitter users commented on the outages on Wednesday, with some joking that the reason people were using Twitter was simply that other major social networks were experiencing technical issues.