After a failure, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are operational again


Facebook Messenger iMessage alternativeSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

In what appears to be a weekly trend, various Facebook services are experiencing outages across the country. We first noticed that the Facebook Messenger web client was not working properly before we noticed the same error message from the main Facebook website.

Facebook website down

Source: Android Central

The outage began around 5:00 p.m. EST and continued to plague various apps and services. In addition to the Facebook and Messenger failure, WhatsApp users have also reported problems connecting and sending messages. Instagram seems to be somewhat affected by these issues, but not to the same extent as other apps.

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While we were putting this together, Downdetector found that those who try to play Pokemon Go also suffer from outages. There definitely seems to be something wrong with all of Facebook’s servers as Oculus Quest 2 owners are unable to connect and play some of the best VR games like Beat Saber.

We haven’t encountered issues with some of the other best messaging apps and services, so this is likely limited to just Facebook and any apps that are based on the social media giant’s servers. Despite the current issues, we expect Facebook to turn things around quickly so we will be sure to let you know when everything is working again.

Update, April 8 (7:00 p.m. ET) – It seems that all Facebook apps and services are working again

After 30 to 45 minutes of downtime, everything seems to be working fine again for users of Facebook apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Even Instagram’s official Twitter account was fun and offering one Confirmation tweet after the services came back. However, we are still not sure what exactly caused the outage.

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