Messenger and Instagram's messaging function, along with other Facebook-owned services, appear to be having problems at the moment, with thousands reporting being unable access the companys platforms on Wednesday.
DownDetector revealed that Instagram, Facebook, Meta (now renamed Meta as the company pivots towards a real-life Matrix), Messenger and Messenger all saw an increase in accessibility issues around mid-afternoon Eastern Standard Time.
Users were quick to express their displeasure via Twitter, as they do every day.
It was assumed that I had deleted my Messenger & IG messages. I then searched Messenger on Twitter and tweeted one user. Others chose to go the meme route.
Facebook quickly confirmed that Messenger was down. Your wifi is not down. We are working hard to get things back on track as soon as possible. Messengers official Twitter account, #messengerdown
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Gizmodo was informed by a spokesperson for Meta that there are problems with their communication platforms. The following statement was sent by them:
We are aware of the difficulties some people have with Instagram DMs, Workplace Chat, Messenger and Workplace Chat. A spokeswoman for the company said that they are working quickly to get things back on track and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
This latest outage comes after a huge one that occurred in October, which saw Facebook and all its services disappear for the better part a day. The cause of the blackout was eventually revealed to be a bad configuration change to an important but obscure routing protocol called Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP.
Global outages are not the only problem Face-Metas has today. Frances Haugen, a whistleblower from a company, has been exposing ongoing problems with the company's business practices. Congress has inquired about Haugen's leaks, and ongoing media investigations have been launched.