Facebook, Instagram and Messenger are down for some users
FACEBOOK SAYS ALL IS FIXED AND READY TO GO…
Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 14, 2019
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Facebook and its related family of apps appear to be down for most users right now.
There’s not much more information to share at this point, but the web is freaking out (as is to be expected).
Facebook has confirmed the outage and we’ll update as we get more information.
We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
The social media management tool Naytev also confirmed the outage. “Facebook is experiencing a large outage, impacting posting to Facebook and the ability to log into Naytev. We are actively monitoring the issue and we hope Facebook resolves it soon,” the company said in a message to customers seen by TechCrunch.
[Update posted by (TLB) 6:55 PM CDT]
(TechCrunch) At least one security firm thinks the culprit of the Facebook outage could be a border gateway protocol routing leak.
Routing internet traffic around the world relies on the border gateway protocol (BGP), which manages how internet traffic is routed the internet. BGP relies on trust between network operators to not send incorrect or malicious data. But mistakes happen, and malformed data can form a “route leak” that leads to confusion over where internet traffic should go, and can lead to massive outages.
In a BGP route leak, the routing announcements from an autonomous system that guides the information to its destination is inaccurate and is rejected by either receiver, the sender or an intermediary along the route that packet is supposed to travel.
That may be what happened to Facebook.
Update: Instagram has confirmed that service is now restored via a tweet sent in the early hours of this morning (CET)…
Anddddd… we’re back. pic.twitter.com/5E8UdlcsPJ
— Instagram (@instagram) March 14, 2019
Facebook has yet to tweet confirmation of its return to stable uptime but at the time of writing the service is at least accessible in Europe so it looks to be getting on top of whatever caused the downtime. We’ve reached out to the company for confirmation.
This story is developing.
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