Facebook down? Yes, Facebook is down along with Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR due to DNS-related issues.
You are not alone; the social media giant Facebook along with its subsidiaries including Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR are down and suffering ongoing service disruption.
The outage seems to have begun at around 5:30 pm UK time after a “5xx Server Error” appeared on Instagram’s website.
Currently, those using Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp on their smartphones are unable to load new posts, while their domains are offline with “This site can’t be reached” or “5xx Server Error.”
Remember, 5xx Server Error indicates that the problem is caused by the server and there is no issue on the user side.
SEE: 70% of the entire US population is now on Facebook
According to cyber security journalist Brian Krebs, Facebook and Instagram are facing DNS-related issues.
Confirmed: The DNS records that tell systems how to find Facebook.com or Instagram.com got withdrawn this morning from the global routing tables. Can you imagine working at FB right now, when your email no longer works & all your internal FB-based tools fail?, Krebs tweeted.
According to DownDetecter, a platform that reports on online platforms going through service disrupting, the scale of this outage can be seen affecting users all over the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.
The good news is that Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR have acknowledged the issue and urge users to bear with them as the company is working on fixing the problem.
Tweets from the infosec community on the ongoing issue:
According to The New York Times’ tech reporter Sheera Frenkel:
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
So, @facebook's DNS is broken this morning…
TL;DR: Google anycast DNS returns SERVFAIL for Facebook queries; querying https://t.co/0BDgaIHmlr directly times out. pic.twitter.com/3GHJ3mW0P0
— Jim Salter (@jrssnet) October 4, 2021
Dane Knecht, the Head of Product Strategy at Cloudflare tweeted that:
. @Facebook DNS and other services are down. It appears their BGP routes have been withdrawn from the internet. @Cloudflare 22.214.171.124 started seeing high failure in last 20mins.
— Dane Knecht (@dok2001) October 4, 2021
According to Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security:
Confirmed: The DNS records that tell systems how to find https://t.co/qHzVq2Mr4E or https://t.co/JoIPxXI9GI got withdrawn this morning from the global routing tables. Can you imagine working at FB right now, when your email no longer works & all your internal FB-based tools fail?
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 4, 2021
The social media giant has over 2.89 billion monthly active users, its subsidiaries including Instagram have over 1.386 billion, WhatsApp has 2 billion users worldwide. Therefore it is natural for users to look for answers. So stick with us, we will update you as soon as the services are back online.
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I still cannot use Messenger to reply to messages. Not on my phone or the computer. So….
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