The Verge reports:
Just as Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company’s policies and its handling of research data suggesting Instagram is harmful to teens, its network of services suddenly went offline. On Twitter, Facebook communications exec Andy Stone says, “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.”
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are offline. The websites and apps for all of the services were responding with server errors. Reports on DownDetector.com showed the outages appear to be widespread, but it’s unclear if it impacts all users or just some locations. It’s not currently known what’s causing the outage. All three platforms stopped working shortly before noon ET.
The thing about Facebook being down is that its users are better off.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) October 4, 2021
Social media services Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram hit by worldwide outage https://t.co/dX0dBxf8aR
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 4, 2021