It has been nearly 6 hours since Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for almost everyone around the world. Facebook’s latest global outage might be the longest outage we have ever seen which has started some wild conspiracy theories. The outage is so big that it has forced Facebook to use Twitter and deliver news updates to its users.
We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
The company says they haven’t found any signs that the outage is linked to any DDoS attack that was speculated to happen earlier today. However, Facebook’s outage happened less than 24 hours after Google’s ecosystem went down for more than an hour yesterday. This could be just a coincidence or it might be that someone found loopholes in two of the biggest internet giants in the world.
Reports of a HUGE DDoS attack being cause of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger being down in some regions… https://t.co/RRb77sbtNB
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) March 13, 2019
Facebook might be just a way for users to connect and stay in touch with each other but is a major platform for advertisers. Due to the outage advertisers are losing money and it seems that the company is planning to issue refunds to the advertisers.
A Facebook spokesman says the company is still investigating — and considering the possibility of refunds for advertisers
— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) March 13, 2019
While it has been probably the worst day for Facebook engineers, Twitter users are having a picnic with users hoping to the platform to check what happened to Facebook and most importantly make memes out of it. There are a lot of theories going around but we can’t be sure of anything unless Facebook says so. Facebook is trying to iron out the issues and get users back online as soon as possible. If you’re facing the issue- sit tight and maybe have a little fun on Twitter.