If you follow a service like DownDetector, you know that there are outages of almost every kind, every day, but you rarely see Facebook take a dive. Today, however, the main page throws up an error message, and it is unclear how long it can take before things recover.
The outage is also large, with websites for Instagram and WhatsApp also unavailable just a few weeks after the last outcome. The Facebook Gaming platform had its own issues in the past, but tweeted that the current releases are “unrelated.”
Update (17:53 ET): No matter what happened, (which also took down Facebook’s internal sites, according to a tweet from Jane Manchun Wong), it seems to resolve itself. Based on reports and what some Engadget authors see, some people can access sites and apps without a problem again, but others still have periodic issues.
Update (19:30 ET): In a tweet, Facebook said that a “configuration change” cut off some of the services, but that everything should be back online now.
And we’re back! Earlier today, a configuration change meant that Facebook services were not available to any people. Since then, we have quickly investigated and solved the problem.
– Facebook (@Facebook) April 8, 2021