All Facebook apps have been inaccessible for more than three hours, in what is definitely the longest Facebook outage in recent times.
The company confirmed this one Twitter. It promised that the apps will be back online soon, although as of now, the company has not issued a statement about why this happened. However the consensus opinion now is that this outage is due to a DNS issue, and because it has also affected Facebook’s internal tools, getting a fix is also being affected.
Facebook services appear to have been down from 4:30pm Nigerian time on Monday, according to reports on outage tracker Down Detector.
As of the time of filing this report, Facebook’s stock also dipped five percent.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.https://d-2147150972388690521.ampproject.net/2109102127000/frame.html— Facebook App (@facebookapp) October 4, 2021
The outage at Facebook has also been an opportunity for competitors, with Signal tweeting that it has seen a huge influx of users, who are not able to send messages using WhatsApp at the moment.