Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp down as platforms hit by major outage
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major outage this evening.
The three apps are all owned by Facebook, and run on a shared platform.
They all stopped working at around 4:53pm today (Monday 4 October), with people unable to view posts and send or receive messages.
At this time, at least 73,804 people had reported issues with WhatsApp.
A company spokesperson apologised for the problem but gave no indication of why the outage happened or how long it might take to fix.
Andy Stone, from Facebook’s communications department, tweeted: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Users around the world have been affected, prompting concerns over data security and our dependence on social media.
This mysterious outage comes after Facebook hit the headlines today for other reasons.
Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen told the CBS show ’60 Minutes’ about how she believes the social media giant is damaging the world.
Haugen claimed the company puts profit above the wellbeing of users, repeatedly choosing to put its own growth first.
She also said Facebook had the worst approach to restricting harmful content of all the tech platforms she had worked for in her 15-year career.
She said: “I’ve seen a bunch of social networks and it was substantially worse at Facebook than anything I’d seen before.”