Facebook down for hours Monday morning affecting many users
Written by Patrick Schneider on October 4, 2021
Somewhere near 9:00 am Monday morning (PST), the social media giant Facebook went down. Users of Instagram and WHatsApp were also affected by the outage.
Facebook sent out a Tweet on Twitter, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” the Tweet said.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.— Facebook App (@facebookapp) October 4, 2021
JUST IN – Facebook employees reportedly can’t enter buildings to evaluate the Internet outage because their door access badges weren’t working (NYT)— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 4, 2021
Two Facebook security team members told the New York Times, on the condition of anonymity that “it was unlikely that a cyberattack caused the issues.”
Many in the tech world speculate the outage may have something to do with a Domain Name System (DNS) failure.
ThousandEyes tests can confirm that at 15:40 UTC on October 4, the Facebook application became unreachable due to DNS failure. Facebook’s authoritative DNS nameservers became unreachable at that time. The issue is still ongoing as of 17:02 UTC. pic.twitter.com/zNmZWTxEUo— ThousandEyes (@thousandeyes) October 4, 2021
As of 3:00 pm (PST) some users were able to login with some difficulties with posting status updates.