UPDATE: Facebook, Instagram Sites Back Up After 6-Hour Outage Monday

UPDATE: Facebook, Instagram Sites Back Up After 6-Hour Outage Monday

Facebook Inc.’s services are back up this morning, after a six-hour Monday outage that disrupted access for users and businesses here in Kane County and around the world.

The company apologized for the outage, which affected its core platforms and apps including WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger and many others.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s post announcing the return of the social media sites was brief.

Kane County users looking to post on Facebook and Instagram or looking for information from local government might have been wondering whether the problem was locally based. It was not..

According to the United Kingdom’s The Independent, the social media sites completely stopped working at around 10:30 a.m. Central Time.

On Monday, if you tried to log on to Facebook, you’d see a message saying, “This site can’t be reached.” If you were on Windows, a link to network diagnostics announced that the DNS server was unavailable.

Ironically, Facebook had to go to Twitter to announce that it was working to solve the issue.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook officials said. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

The outage comes as Facebook received a number of body blows from the stock market and media reports.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock is rebounding so far this morning (9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5) after losing about 5% of its value Monday.

A 60 Minutes report that aired Sunday night featured whistleblower Frances Haugen, who said Facebook is “misleading the public on progress against hate speech, violence, misinformation,” according to the 60 Minutes website.

Facebook’s outages happen relatively rarely but tend to be vast in their impact, not least because they affect three of the world’s biggest apps.

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