Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR

4th Oct 21 - Jibin Jibin

Technology General News

Just as Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company over a wistleblowers accusations  and its handling of research data suggesting Instagram is harmful to teens , the company’s entire network of services suddenly went offline. On Twitter, Facebook communications exec Andy Stone says, “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.”

A peek at Down Detector(or your Twitter feed) reveals the problems are widespread. While it’s unclear exactly why the platforms are unreachable for so many people, their DNS records show that, like last week's Slack outrage, the problem is apparently DNS. Cloudflare senior vice president Dane Knecht notes that Facebook’s border gateway protocol routes — BGP helps networks pick the best path to deliver internet traffic — have been “withdrawn from the internet.”


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