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Why Was Facebook Down Along with Instagram and WhatsApp Globally on 4th October 2021?

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Two of the burning questions of today ought to be why was Facebook down and why yesterday Instagram was not working? Even though WhatsApp was working, users were unable to send or receive messages. Incidentally, all these apps are Facebook-owned that stopped working for millions of people across the world according to Down Detector, an outage site. Neither the web browsers nor the mobile apps were working and they kept down for more than six hours.

Why Was Facebook Down?

As soon as the apps began to start working on Monday evening, Facebook apologized by saying, “To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”

It was only later on Monday the company explained why was Facebook down by stating, “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”

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Facebook also assured that there is no evidence of user data being compromised due to the outage as purported by many on the Internet. They said, “Our services are now back online and we’re actively working to fully return them to regular operations. We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.”

When the outage was first reported on Monday afternoon, a spokesperson from Facebook told ABC News, “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.”

Why Yesterday Instagram Was Not Working?

They said there were some networking issues but did not give any timeline for when it would be fixed. “Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook-powered services right now,” Facebook stated. “We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.” This is why yesterday Instagram was not working as well.

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This technical issue did not only affect the services of Facebook but employees’ emails and work passes as well. Sheera Frenkel, working as the technology reporter with New York Times, said it took much time to fix the issue because “the people trying to figure out what this problem was couldn’t even physically get into the building” to find out the reason for the outage.

We all know now why was Facebook down and also why yesterday Instagram was not working along with WhatsApp. It hit Facebook hard in the share market as the share prices dropped hugely making it the worst day of the year for them. Along with the outage on Monday, the whistle-blower’s revelations on Sunday caused this plumage of share prices.

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