FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, WHATSAPP DOWN WORLDWIDE AFTER DNS RECORDS VANISH; EMPLOYEES BADGES REPORTEDLY NOT WORKING

Facebook appears to have more than DNS issues, as NYT’s Sheera Frenkel reports:

“Was just on phone with someone who works for FB who described employees unable to enter buildings this morning to begin to evaluate extent of outage because their badges weren’t working to access doors.” 

 

This may suggest Facebook’s internal systems are down. DNS issues that affect the website don’t hinder employees from entering buildings.

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Update (1448ET): It’s been several hours, and Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger, are still down. According to internet researchers, Facebook appears to be dealing with a Domain Name System (DNS) issue.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

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This may suggest Facebook’s internal systems are down. DNS issues that affect the website don’t hinder employees from entering buildings.

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Update (1448ET): It’s been several hours, and Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger, are still down. According to internet researchers, Facebook appears to be dealing with a Domain Name System (DNS) issue.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

NBC News’ Kevin Collier called the DNS issues at Facebook “really bad.”

 

There’s even a ripple effect across the internet.

 

Meanwhile, everyone on Twitter…

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

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Downdector reports that Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger are experiencing issues and /or outages worldwide. The outage comes just before a Facebook whistleblower is set to testify before Congress on Tuesday.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

Users began to report issues with the social media platform around 1120 ET.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

Facebook users report the website won’t load with an error message that reads:

“Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone acknowledged on Twitter that “some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products.”

 

The timing of the widespread outages comes as a Facebook whistleblower will be testifying before Congress on Tuesday. The whistleblower appeared on “60 Minutes” Sunday, detailing the tech company’s mission to put profit before doing “what was good for the public,” including clamping down on hate speech.

Shares of the tech company slid 6% by early afternoon, tumbling not just on the whistleblower but also the global outage.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

Facebook users took to Twitter to complain about the outages:

 

 

… and there’s this:

 

 

 

Twitter user Chad Loder tweeted: “someone nuked the DNS A and AAA records for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.”

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Down Worldwide After DNS Records Vanish; Employees Badges Reportedly Not Working

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responds to Loder’s tweet and asks “how much?”

 

Let the conspiracy theorists run wild with today’s events:

“Facebook is down because it was trending for a whistleblower testifying before congress today. Now they are trending for being down. Clever PR stunt,” said one Twitter user. 

On the bright side, with a broad part of social media platforms down today, maybe people will get back to work and boost global productivity since the outage is broad.

Via  ZeroHedge.