Yes, Messenger and Instagram are down again
Update 6:50 p.m. ET
User issues appear to have been resolved. A spokesperson for Meta reached out to Gizmodo to provide the following update:
âEarlier today, some people may have had difficulty accessing Workplace Chat, Instagram DMs and Messenger. We fixed the issue as quickly as possible for everyone involved. We know that people and businesses depend on our services around the world and we are sorry for any disruption this has caused. “
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It appears that Messenger, along with Instagram’s messaging function and other Facebook-owned services, are currently experiencing issues, as thousands of users say they cannot access the company’s platforms on Wednesday.
Around mid-afternoon EST, Drop detector have shown that Instagram, Facebook (now renamed “Meta” as the company rotates to build a real matrix), and Messenger all saw a spike in reports of accessibility issues.
As usual, users were quick to voice their dissatisfaction on Twitter.
âKind of assumed I had broken my Messenger and IG inboxes until I searched ‘Messenger down’ on Twitter,â tweeted an user. Others have followed the path of memes:
Facebook seemed to quickly confirm that Messenger was indeed down. âNo, your wifi is not off. We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #messengerdownâ, Official Messenger account tweeted Wednesday.
A spokesperson for “Meta” confirmed to Gizmodo that the company was having problems, especially with the company’s communication platforms. They sent the following statement:
âWe are aware that some people have difficulty accessing DM Messenger, Workplace Chat and Instagram. We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience, âsaid a spokesperson.
This last apparent failure follows a a huge in October which saw all of Facebook and its services disappear from the Internet for much of the day. The outage was ultimately revealed to be the result of a “faulty configuration change” of an obscure but very important routing protocol known as the Border Gateway Protocol or BGP.
Today, however, global blackouts are the least of Face-Meta’s problems. Beset by the continuous revelations provided by a company whistleblower, Frances Haugen, the company has suffered continued criticism of its business practices. The Haugen leaks have sparked congressional inquiries, as well as ongoing media inquiries.