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Facebook is down and it took Instagram and WhatsApp with it

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It’s not just you; Insta and Facebook Messenger are down for everyone right now.

What you need to know

  • Several major Facebook services including Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down right now.
  • It’s unclear what’s causing the outage, nor do we know when they’ll be back online.

It seems Facebook’s server farms decided to start their weekend early by crashing on Friday afternoon, taking down Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp for millions of users worldwide. The cause is under investigation and we’ll update you as things progress, but for right now, DownDetector and the social media platforms that are still online all concur: Facebook is down and took the rest of its services with it.

The outage started around 1PM ET and has impacted users around the world, leaving users unable to send or receive WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger messages, unable to see or refresh their home feeds, or check in on their Insta Stores.

Luckily, the outage doesn’t seem to be impacting Oculus or Oculus Quest 2, so while you’re waiting for your News Feed to come back online, you can get in a few rounds on Beat Saber to work out the adrenaline.

This is a developing story, and we will update it as more information becomes available.

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