Facebook dominated online conversations when its services came out completely earlier this morning. These issues have spread to all of Facebook’s services, meaning Instagram and WhatsApp have gone down as well. Even programs that use Facebook for logins have encountered problems as a result. Although not much is known about the source of the outages, it appears to be a DNS issue.
Facebook’s services went down on the morning of October 4, 2021 and went down for hours. Many have flocked to Twitter to discuss the outages and speculate on the source of the problem. After slight investigation, it appears to be a problem with the DNS (Domain Name System). If you try to visit Facebook.com, the error simply states that “the DNS address of the website could not be found”.
Confirmed: DNS records that tell systems how to find https://t.co/qHzVq2Mr4E or https://t.co/JoIPxXI9GI were removed from global routing tables this morning. Can you imagine working at FB right now when your email is down and all of your internal FB based tools are failing?
– briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 4, 2021
Investigative journalist Brian Krebs reported that the DNS records for Facebook and Instagram were taken down this morning. It was this information that led many to speculate that it was a coordinated attack on Facebook, possibly orchestrated by someone affiliated with the company.
Speaking of Facebook employees, other reports indicate that the problems with the company’s services are so deep that they have caused major problems for employees at the company’s head office. Sheera frankel of the New York Times said she spoke with an employee of the social media company, who said workers were “unable to enter the buildings this morning to begin to assess the extent of the failure because their badges did not work to access the doors “. NBC News reporter Kevin Collier shared that some employees who are already inside the offices cannot access certain rooms due to outages.
The situation surrounding Facebook and Instagram outages continues to evolve, so we will continue to update this article and report any new information posted.