October 17, 2021

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Instagram down AGAIN? Thousands of users moan Facebook and WhatsApp not working

FACEBOOK, Instagram and WhatsApp users are moaning that their apps aren’t working AGAIN.

It comes just a day after Facebook’s biggest-ever outage took the apps offline for hours.

Reports of issues began picking up again in the UK morning through to the US daytime – across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp

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Reports of issues began picking up again in the UK morning through to the US daytime – across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsAppCredit: Down Detector

On Monday, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp stopped working for billions of users around the world.

The outage lasted for around seven hours – and some users still say they’re having issues.

DownDetector has recorded thousands of users again reporting issues with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Users say they’ve been having trouble accessing the apps all through Tuesday, but it’s unclear why.

It’s possible that there are carry-over issues from yesterday’s outage – as the three apps are still working for some users.

Thousands of complaints have been rolling in nearly a full 24 hours after the original outage.

We’ve asked Facebook for comment and will update this story with any response.

Down and out

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp crashed on Monday after a “bungled server update” and staff had to manually reset the system to get the sites back online, an expert has claimed.

The social media firm claimed “faulty configuration change” on its routers was believed to be at the centre of the outage.

But one expert said “an internal staff error” took the site off the internet.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was forced to halt company stock, and is estimated to have lost $7billion in net worth in a matter of hours.

Estimates of Facebook’s lost ad revenue range from $66million to $100million over the seven-hour outage, according to Snopes and Fortune.

Zuckerberg apologised for the global bungle, saying “sorry for the disruption today” in a Facebook post.

“I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about,” the billionaire Harvard drop-out said.

FACE-PLANT

Insiders have also claimed Facebook’s internal systems were shut down, leaving staff unable to access the firm’s California head office due to frozen key cards during the seven-hour chaos.

The company’s staff quickly flooded data centres to reset the system themselves, MailOnline reports.

But other users claimed Facebook was hacked as it was alleged the personal data of 1.5 billion users’ appeared on a hackers’ forum. 

This has the potential to let cybercriminals and unscrupulous advertisers to plunder the personal details of people from across the globe.

According to the data privacy website PrivacyAffairs, a user of a known hacker forum posted an announcement claiming to possess the personal data of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users.

The information was up for sale.

One prospective buyer claims to have been quoted £3,700 for the data of a million Facebook user accounts.

The data allegedly includes users’ name, email, location, gender, phone number and user ID. 

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Facebook cite​s faulty configuration changes on its routers as the root cause of the outage that prevented the company’s users from accessing its social media and messaging services

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