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Original story (Sept 01,2018) follows:

The Facebook Messenger app suffered a massive outage today. Given the extreme popularity of the application, a very large number of users were affected. Following are some of the tweets from users after they found the app was down.

So apparently Facebook Messenger is down…and people have been freaking out. Did you know that your phone can ALSO make phone calls to contact people? (Source)

So facebook messenger is down in case anyone was wondering… (Source)

A large number of reports said only the app was down, meaning users could still access the service through other platforms like desktop. However, given the fact that a large majority of users likes to chat on the go, the problem quickly became a big deal.

While the worst seems to be over, there are still reports about the service not being accessible. However, it’s reasonable to assume these are just the final wave of users, for whom the problem will get resolved shortly.

In case the problem persists for long, do let us know by dropping a comment below. We’ll update the story accordingly.

Update 1 (October 30)

Going by reports proliferating on Twitter, Facebook Messenger is encountering issues as of writing this. The service is down and not working for many.

Users are taking to social media platforms to vent their frustration:


Matter of fact, both Facebook and Instagram are reportedly down in various parts of the globe as well. Looks like Europe is at the center of the outage.

Map of the affected region via Downdetector

Apart from Europe, Instagram is taking a massive hit in the entire east coast of the USA.

Via Downdetector

Update 2 (Nov 28)

Both Facebook and Instagram are down, and users are encountering issues while accessing the services as of writing this. Reports are proliferating across micro-blogging site Twitter.

Since Facebook and Instagram seem to not be working thought more people would be over here so have a wonderful day with loved ones today! #instagramdown #facebookdown

#facebookdown + #instagramdown ?

Following is what they get to see:


Down detector also conveys the same.

Update 3 (Nov 28)

As per the latest user shared info, Facebook is undergoing a maintenance.

Facebook is seemingly aware of the issue, as here’s what some of the users get to see:


Update 4 (Nov 29)

The issue has been resolved.

Update 5 (Jan 14, 2020)

We are again seeing reports that Facebook and Facebook-owned services like Messenger and Instagram are down for many users.

We are looking for more info, and will update the story as and when we have anything news-worthy.

Update 6 (Feb 12)

Going by reports prolifetrating on Twitter, Instagram is down and not working for users. Downdetector also conveys the same.

Update 7 (March 19, 2021)

All three services Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram, are women as of writing this. For more details, head here.

Update 8 (April 16, 2021)

Going by reports circulating on Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, YouTube, and Telegram are down in Pakistan. There are reports about Twitter not working as well. And if reports are to believe, the nation has apparently banned these social media platforms. More details here.

Update 9 (October 4, 2021)

Many hundreds of reports within the past hour on Twitter suggest that Facebook, along with WhatsApp and Instagram, has been down for users across the globe. The social media giant ironically took to Twitter to confirm that a fix is underway.

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. (Source)

Update 10 (October 4, 2021)

It seems like Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp were down again for a few hours worldwide. The companies are now tweeting that they are slowly coming back online.


To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.


We’re now back and running at 100%. Thank you to everyone around the world today for your patience while our teams worked diligently to restore WhatsApp. We truly appreciate you and continue to be humbled by how much people and organizations rely on our app every day.


Instagram is slowly but surely coming back now – thanks for dealing with us and sorry for the wait!

Update 11 (October 06, 2021)

In a public statement on the October 4 global outage, Facebook assures its users that no malicious activity was behind the incident.

We want to make clear that there was no malicious activity behind this outage — its root cause was a faulty configuration change on our end. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime. (Updated on Oct. 5, 2021, to reflect the latest information)

Update 12 (October 09, 2021)

Now, Facebook has come out to inform its users that its application was facing an outage a couple of hours ago. Moreover, the service has now been fully restored and everything is back to normal.


Update 13 (March 01, 2022)

08:35 am (IST): Facebook is down and not working for many users across the globe as highlighted by a volley of reports on Twitter.

And everyone’s panicking #facebookdown (Source)

Guess I will hang out here because my Facebook is down. #facebookdown #ugh (Source)

There’s no official word on the outage yet. However, we’ll keep track of the situation and will post an update if and when there are any further developments.

Update 14 (March 02, 2022)

09:30 am (IST): It seems that the recent issues with Facebook have been resolved as the number of reports on Downdetector and Twitter has declined. However, there are still some users reporting issues with the service.

Update 15 (April 21, 2022)

03:55 pm (IST): Many Facebook users around the world are facing issues with the service. Earlier, many users were reporting that the login gateway was down. Now, it appears that people are getting a message saying ‘Facebook will be back soon’.


#facebookdown #metadown Does anyone else have maintenance issues? It tells me it’s in maintenance, then it connects me and I can’t disconnect anymore. (Source)

06:39 pm (IST): A report on Downdetector now suggests that the recent outage with Facebook has been resolved.

Update 16 (September 13, 2022)

04:58 pm (IST): Many reports on Twitter suggest that Facebook is down and not working. Downdetector also indicates the same.

While Meta hasn’t acknowledged the problem, it’s likely that it’ll get fixed soon.

Update 17 (September 14, 2022)

06:42 pm (IST): The recent outage with Facebook appears to have been resolved as there aren’t any fresh reports on Downdetector.

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