Facebook, Instagram Down Again for Second Time in Week After Hours-Long Outages

Facebook's struggles continue this week as users across Twitter are reporting instances of the site being down. Along with Facebook, users are reporting that Facebook-owned apps Instagram and WhatsApp are also down.

Alex Heath, a reporter with tech-focused outlet The Verge, tweeted that Facebook told him it was aware that some users were having trouble accessing its apps and products. He added that the company said it was working to get its services back online.

Facebook tells me it’s “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.”

An insane week for the company

— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) October 8, 2021
Courtesy of @alexeheath

This marks the second time this week that the company has faced outages across its three popular apps. Earlier this week Facebook was also the object of scrutiny after whistleblower Frances Haugen said the company harms the mental health of children and facilitates political divisions.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg hit back at these claims, saying, "At the heart of these accusations is this idea that we prioritize profit over safety and wellbeing. That's just not true."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Facebook said it was aware of the outages and is working on returning service to its users. In this photo illustration, the logos of social media applications, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on October 6 in Paris, France. Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images