Facebook, Instagram Simultaneously Experience Widespread Outages

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down Monday morning sending social media users to Twitter to grouse about the outage.

From the New York Times:

The social network and its apps began displaying error messages before noon Eastern time, users reported. All of the company’s family of apps — Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — showed outage reports, according to the site downdetector.com, which monitors web traffic and site activity.

Outages are not uncommon for apps, but to have so many interconnected apps at the world’s largest social media company go down at the same time is rare.

The company has been trying to integrate the underlying technical infrastructure of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for several years.

Two Facebook security employees, speaking off the record, said it’s unlikely the outage is due to a cyberattack.

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