Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram down for users after major power outage

A major power outage has caused social media giants Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to crash during rush-hour this evening.

The three apps, which are all owned by Facebook and are run on a shared infrastructure, have crashed on Monday (October 4).

None of the sites have given reasons for the cause of the disruption to services, which is impacting tens of thousands of users.

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People are also reporting issues with Sky and 02 outages across the UK, with issues beginning shortly before 5pm on October 4.

Facebook have issued a tweet stating, “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.”

Instagram have also released a tweet asking users to “Bear with us right now, we’re on it!”

They have not immediately confirmed the issue affecting the services. But the error message on Facebook’s webpage suggested a Domain Name System (DNS) error.

Downdetector, which tracks outages, showed there were more than 50,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook and Instagram. The figure is likely to be higher.

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Meanwhile, WhatsApp was also down for over 22,000 users and Facebook Messenger was down for nearly 3,000 people.

WhatsApp was also trending on Twitter, with more than 850,000 tweets.

“We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment,” the messaging platform’s official Twitter handle said.

“We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.”

It is unknown when the issue will be resolved.

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