Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp go down for some in second outage this week

So, to determine how many people are affected, we’ve got to rely on external reports.

DownDetector, for example, reported an increase in outage notifications starting at around 2:30 pm ET before declining after—and even then was only a fraction of the numbers obtained earlier this week.At 3:22 p.m. ET, Facebook acknowledged the problem in a tweet:

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.October 8, 2021

According to The New York Times reporter Mike Isaac, the failure may have already been repaired, and it was caused by a “config change,” which took down all of Monday’s services. (Facebook claims that today’s outage isn’t connected to the one last week, according to Isaac’s previous tweet.)

Because of specific circumstances that prevented further changes from being made and necessitated rushing a team to a California data center to make modifications on-site, the prior outage was prolonged.

It’s uncertain if the same problem and solution were required, but the outage was clearly less severe. The New York Times reported that Facebook had warned that services would take time to recover (per ZDNet).