Is Facebook down? How to check problems and outages

FACEBOOK has been reporting outages as of October 4, 2021.

Along with Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp are also down.

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We explain how to check Facebook for problems or outagesCredit: Reuters

Is Facebook down?

The latest Facebook outage was reported on October 4, 2021, around 12pm.

Users were complaining that they were unable to access the website and had server issues.

The incident comes the same day Whatsapp and Instagram users reported technical issues when attempting to run the apps on their mobile devices.

This is not the first time Facebook has had a major outage as on Friday, April 30, when hundreds of users complained they were seeing a blank screen when trying to access their feeds via web browsers.

Reports suggested that both Chrome and Safari are affected although most of the mentions from users seem to center around Safari browser applications.

Users in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia are among those affected by the outage.

Independent tracking website Down Detector showed hundreds of Facebook users are currently experiencing the outage.

Those who may be experiencing difficulties with Facebook can check Twitter for reports and updates

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Those who may be experiencing difficulties with Facebook can check Twitter for reports and updatesCredit: AFP

How can I check if Facebook is not working?

Those who may be experiencing difficulties with Facebook can check another social media app – Twitter – for reports.

If you don’t have a Twitter account Down Detector will tell users when the apps are down or experiencing difficulties.

If it appears the problem may not be widespread, try checking the internet connection on your device or exiting the app before logging back in.

When have there been Facebook outages before?

There have been other reported Facebook outages in the past including:

  • June 2014: Facebook was down for about a half-hour – its longest outage in four years.
  • January 2015: Facebook was down for about 40 minutes affecting users worldwide.
  • March 2019: A massive Facebook outage affected users worldwide. Facebook was down for about 14 hours, which is believed to be the biggest interruption any social network has ever experienced.
  • January 2021: Facebook experienced a bug that logged most users out of their mobile app.
  • March 2021: Over 60,000 users said they experienced problems with Facebook, while 38,000 Instagram users also reported issues.
  • September 2021: Facebook users are locked out of their accounts.

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